Chief U.S. Court of Appeals Judge at TU Feb. 10 for John W. Hager Distinguished Lecture

Monday, January 27, 2003

Published on 1/27/03

Judge Deanell Reece Tacha, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, will speak on “Does the Public Know or Care? Lawyers and Judges as Civil Educators” at the John W. Hager distinguished lecture, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, in the Allen Chapman Activity Center on the TU campus. Sponsored by The University of Tulsa College of Law, the lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Judge Tacha was appointed to the Court of Appeals by President Ronald Reagan in 1985 and became chief judge in 2001. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Kansas and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

During her career, she has been a White House fellow and in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Kansas City. She was a member of the KU School of Law faculty and became vice chancellor for academic affairs. She served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission and chaired the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association and the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on the Judicial Branch, a position she resumed in 2001. She is a past chair of the Appellate Judges Conference and a former member of the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession.

The lecture – named for Professor John W. Hager, a popular TU law instructor for nearly 40 years – was established to bring eminent professionals to the Tulsa legal community to share their ideas on law and justice. Hager retired in 1989 and died at age 70 in 1991. For information, contact Jane Kolesnik at (918) 631-3320 or