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Tacha, Deanell Reece

Born 1946 in Goodland, KS

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on October 31, 1985, to a new seat authorized by 98 Stat. 333. Confirmed by the Senate on December 16, 1985, and received commission on December 16, 1985. Served as chief judge, 2001-2007. Assumed senior status on January 27, 2011. Service terminated on June 1, 2011, due to retirement.

University of Kansas, B.A., 1968
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1971

Professional Career:

White House fellow, special assistant to the Secretary of Labor, 1971-1972
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1973
Private practice, Concordia, Kansas, 1973-1974
Director, Douglas County [Kansas] Legal Aid Clinic, 1974-1977
Faculty, University of Kansas School of Law, 1974-1985
Commissioner, U.S. Sentencing Commission, 1994-1998
Member, Judicial Conference of the United States, 2001-2007
Dean, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2011-