Tamara attended Wayne State College (Wayne, Nebraska), where she graduated magna cum laude in 2009. Immediately following college Tamara perused her life-long dream of becoming an attorney and attended the University of South Dakota School of Law (Vermillion, South Dakota), where she graduated with honors in 2013.
Upon completing her education, Tamara clerked for one year with the Second Judicial Circuit in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While clerking Tamara had a diverse experience in the law and had the opportunity to be mentored by several members of the judiciary.
Following clerking, Tamara achieved her career goal of becoming a prosecutor when she was hired in 2014 to serve as Deputy State’s Attorney for Union County, South Dakota. In her capacity, Tamara prosecuted misdemeanor and juvenile offenses in rural South Dakota. In spring 2016, Tamara transitioned into her current position as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the State of South Dakota. In her position, she represents both the federal and state arms of prosecution. Tamara works with both the Attorney General’s Office as well as the United States Attorney Office to prosecute firearm and high intensity drug cases.
Tamara maintains her commitment to public service by remaining active in the legal community. In the South Dakota State Bar, Tamara serves as President of the South Dakota State Bar Young Lawyers Section. She also serves on the State Bar Law School Committee and Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. Tamara also is active within the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. This year, Tamara serves as the Chair of the Minorities in the Profession Committee and a Liaison to the Women in the Profession Committee.