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Deanell Reece TachaDean, Pepperdine University School of Law

Born 1946 in Goodland, Kansas.

Deanell Reece Tacha became the sixth dean of Pepperdine University School of Law in June 2011.

Raised in the small Midwestern town of Scandia, Kansas, Judge Tacha earned her BA in American studies at the University of Kansas (1968) and her JD from the University of Michigan Law School (1971) in an era when women in law were a rarity.

Following law school, Judge Tacha was named a White House Fellow, where she served as a special assistant to the secretary of labor at the US Department of Labor (1971–1972). Afterwards, she worked in private practice in ...

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