Tara has represented juveniles and adults in the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and district courts and county courts in the state of Colorado. She also provides advice and guidance to trial attorneys representing juveniles, and she recently argued a juvenile sentencing issue before the Colorado Supreme Court.
Tara has an expertise in litigation of cases involving children charged as adults. Tara is a member of the Colorado Graham and Miller litigation committee and is working on a number of cases involving the resentencing of juveniles originally sentenced to life without parole. Tara also works in collecting mitigating material that can be used for sentencing or parole purposes.
Tara graduated in law from the University of Denver. Tara received her BA in International Relations and Spanish from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and MPhil in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law.
Before practicing law, Tara spent time working as a counselor at a Colorado residential treatment center for at-risk youth. Tara also worked for the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers where she provided legal aid and assisted with asylum appeals. She then worked for the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights where, among other things, she managed a development program to strengthen human rights and democracy across South Africa.
Tara is fluent in Spanish and Norwegian.