Tamara Wayland was originally from Philadelphia, PA, received her B.S. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985, and received her J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1993. After graduating from law school, Tamara moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she began her legal career as a public defender. In her seven years as a P.D., Tamara represented hundreds of defendants on the trial and appellate levels, and tried countless felony cases as lead counsel. In 2002, Tamara took a position as an Administrative Law Judge for the state of Georgia, in which capacity she adjudicated appeals brought by individuals against the State of Georgia involving a broad spectrum of matters, including drivers’ license suspensions, employment and licensing board matters, and the reduction or termination of public assistance benefits.
In 2005, Tamara accepted a position as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Georgia. In that position, Tamara managed a sizeable caseload of complex civil rights cases involving issues related to free speech on public campuses, conditions of confinement by inmates, and alleged unlawful searches and excessive force by law enforcement officials. Tamara was admitted to the Colorado bar in 2008. Since that time, Tamara’s practice has focused on the defense of individuals and entities in employment, civil rights and insurance matters at the trial and appellate levels in both federal and state courts.
In her free time, Tamara enjoys recreating with her husband Doug and their two sons, and playing tennis, skiing, camping, mountain biking and fishing.
• U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2015
• Colorado Court of Appeals, 2014
• Colorado District Courts, 2008
• U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2008
• U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 2005
• U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 2005
• U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia, 2005
• U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2005
• Supreme Court of Georgia, 1998
• Superior Courts of Georgia, 1993
• Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Juris Doctor, 1993
• University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Science, 1985
FORMER EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS
• Of Counsel, Gregory R. Giometti & Associate, Denver, Colorado
• Senior Litigation Associate, Frank & Finger, Evergreen, Colorado
• Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Georgia Department of Law
• State Administrative Law Judge and Court Mediator, Atlanta, Georgia
• Assistant Public Defender, Felony Division, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia
• Colorado Bar Association
• American Bar Association
• Peters v. Community Connections, Inc. Employee Ben. Plan, 2013 WL 4046686 (D. Colo. 2013).
• Davis v. City of Aurora, 705 F.Supp.2d 1243 (D. Colo. 2010).
• Sklar v. Clough, 2008 WL 5381961 (N.D.Ga. 2008).
• Reese v. Herbert, 527 F.3d 1253 (11th Cir. 2008).
• Sklar v. Clough, 2007 WL 2049698 (N.D.Ga. 2007).
• Manning v. Wilson, 2007 WL 3090969 (N.D.Ga. 2007).
• Commissioned II Love v. Yarbrough, 621 F.Supp.2d 1312 (S.D.Ga. 2007).
• Steward v. State, 251 Ga.App. 657, 555 S.E.2d 33 (Ga. App. 2001).
• Travis v. State, 243 Ga.App. 77, 532 S.E.2d 430 (Ga. App. 2000).
SEMINARS & PRESENTATIONS
• Presenter, Recent Developments in First Amendment Litigation in Higher Education, Georgia Board of Regents Annual Meeting, 2006, 2007
• Presenter, Special Issues in Juvenile Justice, Georgia Indigent Defense Council, 1996
• Note: The National Stolen Property Act and Its Applicability to Property Rights in Computer Source Code -- Do Rights Exist? 11 Temple Env’l L. & Tech. J. 151 (1992).
• Co-authored, Administrative Law Judges “Ride the Circuit” to provide Georgians with a Day in Court, Georgia Bar Journal, February 2004.
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