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|Current Court Information:|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Active:||12/16/1985 - 1/27/2011|
|Senior:||1/27/2011 - Present|
|Preceded by:||David Ebel|
|Undergraduate:||U. of Kansas '68|
|Law School:||U. of Michigan Law '71|
|Grad. School:||Oxford '04|
Deanell Reece Tacha is a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She joined the court in 1985 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. She is currently serving on senior status.
Tacha was the 2007 recipient of the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award.
Early life and education
- White House fellow, special assistant to the secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, 1971-1972
- Private practice, Washington, DC, 1973
- Private practice, Concordia, Kansas, 1973-1974
- Director, Douglas County Legal Aid Clinic, Lawrence, Kansas, 1974-1977
- Faculty, University of Kansas School of Law, 1974-1985
- Commissioner, U.S. Sentencing Commission, 1994-1998 
On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Bob Dole, Tacha was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on October 31, 1985 to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333 which was approved by Congress. Tacha was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 16, 1985 on a Senate vote and received her commission on December 16, 1985. Tacha served as chief judge of the court from 2001 to 2007. She assumed senior status on January 27, 2011.
Awards and associations
|Federal judicial offices|
|Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
|Former judges||William E. Doyle • Robert Henry • Michael McConnell • Robert McWilliams • James Barrett • John Hazelton Cotteral • Robert E. Lewis • Robert Williams • Orie Leon Phillips • George Thomas McDermott • Sam Gilbert Bratton • Alfred Murrah • Walter Huxman • David Thomas Lewis • Jean Breitenstein • Delmas Hill • John Hickey • James Logan • John Pickett • Oliver Seth •|
|Former Chief judges|