Professor Tanaka, who received her J.D. degree cum laude from Columbia University in 1970, founded The University of Tulsa Legal Clinic in 1992 and served as its director for five years. Prior to joining the faculty in 1987, she practiced law in private law firms and in the public sector for 17 years in New York, Hawaii, and Oklahoma. Professor Tanaka has been a consultant to the American Bar Association, Legal Services Corporation, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, National Clients Council and numerous legal aid programs throughout the country. Professor Tanaka teaches contracts, contracts drafting, corporate planning and drafting, and pretrial practice. Professor Tanaka has been serving as Vice Provost since 2003.