Deanell Reece Tacha
Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law
Office: School of Law (SOL)
- J.D., University of Michigan School of Law, 1971, Order of the Coif
- B.A., University of Kansas, 1968
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Dean Tacha is the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law and professor of law. She was appointed by President Reagan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit where she served as a circuit judge from 1986-2011. She served as Chief
Judge from January 2001 through 2007. Dean Tacha earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1968 and her juris doctorate from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1971. She was a White House Fellow (1971-1972).
She returned to the University of Kansas where she served as associate professor at its School of Law from 1974-1977 and as professor of law from 1977-1985. She served as associate dean from 1977-1979, as associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1979-1981, and as vice chancellor for Academic Affairs between 1981-1985. In 1992, Dean Tacha received the KU Alumni Association's Fred Ellsworth Medallion for extraordinary service to the university and received its most prestigious award, the Distinguished Service Citation, in 1996. In January of 2010, she was named "Kansan of the Year" by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas.
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Deanell Reece Tacha, Who Needs a Lawyer Anyway?, 66 RUTGERS L. REV. 729 (2014) SSRN HeinOnlineDeanell Reece Tacha, No Law Student Left Behind, 24 STAN. L. & POL'Y REV. 353 (2013) SSRN HeinOnlineDeanell Reece Tacha, The Lawyer of the Future, 40 PEPP. L. REV. 337 (2013) SSRN HeinOnlineDeanell Reece Tacha, Don't Eat Your Seed Corn: A Call to the Legal Profession, THE OPPERMAN REPORT, Nov. 5, 2012 Deanell Reece Tacha, Diversity in the Judiciary: A Conversation With Deanell Tacha, 59 U. KAN. L. REV. 1037 (2011) SSRN HeinOnlineDeanell Reece Tacha, Training the Whole Lawyer, 96 IOWA L. REV. 1699 (2011) HeinOnlineDeanell Reece Tacha, In Memorium: Requiem for a Goldsmith, 2010 B.Y.U. L. REV. 353 (2010) HeinOnlineDeanell Reece Tacha, Women and Law: Challenging What is Natural and Proper, 31 NOVA L. REV. 259 (2007) HeinOnlineDeanell Reece Tacha, Refocuing the Twenty-first Century Law School, 57 SMU L. REV. 1543 (2004) HeinOnlineDeanell Reece Tacha, Foreword: Twenty-ninth Annual Tenth Circuit Survey: September 2001-August 2002, 80 DENV. U. L. REV. I (2002) HeinOnlineDeanell Reece Tacha et al., In Memorium: Remembering Justice Byron R. White, 50 U. KAN. L. REV. 1075 (2002) HeinOnlineDeanell Reece Tacha, Lecture: Oh, the Faces You'll See, 49 U. KAN. L. REV. 1149 (2001) HeinOnlineDeanell Reece Tacha, Bruce D. Black & Robert A. Johnson, Panel: How to Try a Case in Order to Effectively Appeal, 31 N.M. L. REV. 219 (2001) HeinOnlineDeanell Reece Tacha, The Federal Courts in the 21st Century, 2 CHAP. L. REV. 7 (1999) HeinOnlineUnited States Sentencing Commission, Deanell Reece Tacha et al., Preserving Federalism in the Criminal Law: Can the Lines Be Drawn?, 11 FED. SENT'G REP. 129 (1998) HeinOnlineDeanell Reece Tacha, Preserving Federalism in the Criminal Law: Can the Lines Be Drawn?, 11 FED. SENT'G REP. 129 (1998) HeinOnlineUnited States Sentencing Committee, Deanell Reece Tacha et al., Special Report to Congress: Cocaine and Federal Sentencing Policy, 10 FED. SENT'G REP. 184 (1997) HeinOnlineDeanell Reece Tacha, Serving This Time: Examining the Federal Sentencing Guidelines After a Decade of Experience, 62 MO. L. REV. 471 (1997) HeinOnlineDeanell Reece Tacha, The Community of Court: The Compleat Appellate Judge, J. KAN. B. ASS'N, May 1996, at 4 HeinOnline