Archive for Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Justice Alito to present award to Deanell Tacha

A U.S. Supreme Court justice is coming to Lawrence for the second time this year.

October 1, 2008


A Supreme Court justice will come to Lawrence and the Kansas University campus for the second time this year.

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. will present an award Friday at the Dole Institute of Politics to Lawrence resident Deanell Reece Tacha, a 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals judge.

Tacha will receive the 26th annual Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award administered by the American Judicature Society.

President Reagan appointed Tacha to the appellate bench in 1985. The award honors judges whose careers are considered exemplary.

Tacha has also been recognized for her public service outside of her profession. She has worked in private practice in Lawrence, served on KU's law school faculty and was KU's vice chancellor for academic affairs.

The invitation-only ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday is expected to attract 250 people. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is also scheduled to give remarks, said Beth Tigges, a spokeswoman for the American Judicature Society.

Alito has lauded Tacha for her service as a judge.

"These invaluable contributions have brought, and continue to bring, great honor to our profession," Alito said in a statement in May when the award was announced.

Alito was chairman of a three-member award panel that chose Tacha.

John Roberts Jr., chief justice of the United States, visited KU and spoke at the Lied Center on April 30.


Gary Sandell 9 years, 7 months ago

Who?__For your information, I'll tell you what I know. Deanell Reece grew up in a very small town in Kansas (Scandia), a town of maybe 400-500 people in North-Central Ks. She graduated from Scandia High School in about 1964 I think. Her Mother taught Junior/ Senior high Sunday School class at the Methodist Church in Scandia. Deanell has 3 sisters, all very smart and successful to my knowledge. Her family were always loyal KU supporters and living examples of just good people with a lot of common sense and energy. Her father, Bill Reece, built a very successful construction company, I think her background built the base of her as a smart, fair, and honest person and that, in turn has made her a very exceptional judge. By the way "Pogo", she was one of the "little guys" that made good in this country. That is what we all strive for in our lives. What is so wrong with that? It is my opinion that Ms. Reese-Tacha would make an exceptional choice for the Supreme Court at some point in the future.

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