The Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha
Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean & Professor of Law
Deanell R. Tacha, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law, Pepperdine School of Law is a graduate of University of Kansas, B.A., and the University of Michigan School of Law, J.D. She served as Chief Judge (2001-2007) and has been a Circuit Judge since 1986 in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Dean Tacha has been active in the American Inns of Court movement as a spokesperson for enhanced ethics, professionalism, and civility in the legal profession, and served as president for the national Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court (2004-2008). She was named recipient of the Devitt Award in 2007 and the John Marshall Award in 2008.