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

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Articles

Three Wrongs Do Not Make a Right: Federal Sovereign Immunity, the Feres Doctrine, and the Denial of Claims Brought by Military Mothers and Their Children for Injuries Sustained Pre-Birth

Tara Willke, Three Wrongs Do Not Make a Right: Federal Sovereign Immunity, the Feres Doctrine, and the Denial of Claims Brought by Military Mothers and Their Children for Injuries Sustained Pre-Birth, 2016 Wis. L. Rev. 263 (2016).

Military Mothers and Claims Under the Federal Tort Claims Act for Injuries that Occur Pre-Birth

Tara Willke, Military Mothers and Claims Under the Federal Tort Claims Act for Injuries that Occur Pre-Birth, 91 Notre Dame L. Rev. Online 160 (2016).

http://scholarship.law.nd.edu/ndlr_online/vol91/iss3/1/
The Fruits of Hope: Student Evaluations

Julia Glencer, Jan M. Levine, Erin Karsman, Tara Willke, The Fruits of Hope: Student Evaluations, 48 Duq. L. Rev. 233 (2010).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=1597334

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Presentations

The Educational Benefits Provided by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008: Illusion or Reality?

Willke, T. (2015). The Educational Benefits Provided by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008: Illusion or Reality?   Junior Faculty Exchange, Akron, Ohio.

Adult Learning Theory Applied to Legal Research

Willke, T. L. (2016). Adult Learning Theory Applied to Legal Research. Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, Hilton Portland, Portland, Oregon, Portland, Oregon.

Uncle Sam Can Draft Your Daughter, But Will He?

Willke, T. L. (2016). Uncle Sam Can Draft Your Daughter, But Will He?  U.S. Feminist Judgments Conference, University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio, Akron, Ohio.

Ethical Legal Writing, Including the Ghostwritten E-Mail and Other Such Things

Willke, T. (2015). Ethical Legal Writing, Including the Ghostwritten E-Mail and Other Such Things.   Duquesne University School of Law CLE, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Taking a Quantum Leap: Entering the Mind of the Millennial Researcher

Willke, T. (2014). Taking a Quantum Leap: Entering the Mind of the Millennial Researcher.   Southeastern Regional Legal Writing Conference, Tampa, Florida.

Designing Spaces: Planning the Physical Space for a LRW Program

Julia M. Glencer, Jan M. Levine, Ann Schiavone, & Tara Willke, Designing Spaces: Planning the Physical Space for a LRW Program, presentation at ALWD Conference (June 2013).

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