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Feb. 8, 2005
Contact: Victor Bailey, Hall Center for the Humanities, (785) 864-7822.

Chief judge of U.S. Court of Appeals to give KU Taylor/Stokstad women's lecture

LAWRENCE -- Deanell Reece Tacha, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, will be the speaker at the Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women's Leadership Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.

Tacha will speak on "The Emily Imperative: Empowerment." The event is free and open to the public.

President Ronald Reagan appointed Tacha to the Court of Appeals in 1985, where she serves as a federal appellate judge. Tacha became chief judge of the 10th Circuit on Jan. 1, 2001.

Tacha, a native of Scandia, received her bachelor's degree in American studies from KU and her law degree from the University of Michigan. In 1974 she joined the KU School of Law faculty and in 1981 was elevated to the university position of vice chancellor for academic affairs.

The Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women's Leadership Lecture is named for two of the women who helped establish the lecture fund at the KU Endowment Association. The fund supports lectures by prominent women on contemporary women's leadership issues. Contributions to the lecture fund can be made through the Endowment Association. The Hall Center for the Humanities administers the lecture.

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