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Judge Tatel has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1994. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1966. Following law school, Judge Tatel was an instructor at the University of Michigan Law School and then joined Sidley, Austin, Burgess and Smith in Chicago. Since then, he served as founding Director of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Director of the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Returning to private practice in 1979, Judge Tatel joined Hogan & Hartson, where he founded and headed the firm’s education practice until his appointment to the D.C. Circuit. While on sabbatical from Hogan & Hartson, Judge Tatel spent a year as a lecturer at Stanford Law School. Judge Tatel co-chairs the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology and Law. He serves on the Board of the Federal Judicial Center and the Judicial Advisory Board of the American Society of International Law. Judge Tatel is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Education. In the past, he has chaired the boards of The Spencer Foundation and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Judge Tatel and his wife Edith have four children and eight grandchildren.