Deannell Reece Tacha, JD

Year Inducted


Career Field



  • Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit since 2001
  • Appointed to the Court of Appeals by President Reagan in 1985
  • 17th woman ever appointed to the Court of Appeals and 2nd woman appointed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Former Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Kansas
  • Former Associate Dean of the KU School of Law