Deanell Reece Tacha

Deanell Reece Tacha

Federal Appellate Judge
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Deanell Reece Tacha was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in 1985, where she is a federal appellate judge. She was a special assistant to the secretary of labor as a White House fellow in 1971, an associate in the Washington, D.C., firm of Hogan and Hartson and later returned to Kansas to engage in private practice. In 1974, she joined the KU School of Law faculty, becoming associate dean of the law school and eventually vice chancellor for academic affairs. Tacha served as a national Trustee of the American Inns of Court Foundation since 2000. She is a past chair of the Appellate Judges Conference and member of the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession. Having served as president of the KU Alumni Association, Tacha is also on the Board of Trustees for Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. Tacha received her bachelor's degree in American Studies from KU and law degree from the University of Michigan.

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