Morally bankrupt moralizing
Federal appellate judge Deanell Tacha addressed the need for more
diversity in our court system Thursday night at the Dole Institute of
“The two most important things are analytical ability and getting
that mix of viewpoints together on a bench,” Tacha said about an
effective federal judiciary.
The event honored Constitution Day. It was sponsored by the League of
Women Voters-Lawrence/Douglas County and the Kansas University School
Tacha said that the judiciary must incorporate people with more
diverse backgrounds, including gender, ethnicity and education level, to
maintain confidence and trust from the public.
She said this lack of diversity in her formative years initially made her wary about becoming a judge.
“For whatever reasons, probably internal stereotypes … I just
couldn’t see myself in that role,” she said. “Plus, wearing black robes
was not my style.”
While drawing occasional laughs from the audience, Tacha said to
ensure more diversity in the judiciary, there must be more value on
“This whole democracy, or republic, in which we live,” Tacha said,
“depends on the notion that we are all educated well enough to govern
Tacha added that she will not forget her roots in Lawrence, saying she will never quit being a Jayhawk.
Thursday’s event was the second in a series of three events at the Dole Institute.