Duquesne University School of Law

Tara Willke, J.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Law School Legal Writing Center 136

Phone Number: 412.396.4637

E-Mail Address: willket@duq.edu

Education: J.D., Law, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
B.A., History, Southern Illinois University, 2000

Tara Willke is associate professor of legal research and writing at Duquesne University School of Law. After serving four years on active duty in the United States Air Force as a command post crew commander, Willke attended Southern Illinois University. She received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in 2000 with a major in history and minor in political science. She earned her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2004, where she graduated magna cum laude and was elected for membership in the Order of the Coif. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Willke served as the senior managing editor of the Law Review and was a teaching assistant for legal research and writing. After graduating from law school, Willke was a litigation associate with the Pittsburgh law firm of Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir, P.C., where her practice included commercial, construction and environmental litigation, as well as other types of complex litigation matters.

Willke teaches legal research and writing and, together with Julia Glencer and Erin Karsman, co-created and team-teaches Writing in Law Practice at Duquesne. She directs Duquesne's summer program in Ireland and serves as faculty advisor to the Military Law Society and Juris; her committee work includes serving on the Curriculum and Technology Committees.

Willke lives with her husband and daughter on a farm north of Pittsburgh.

  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Writing in Law Practice