Not all lawyers take a straight path to the bar.
For Tai Palacio, a new associate at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck who passed Colorado’s July bar exam and was sworn in last month, her journey to becoming a lawyer took her to Ireland and started out with her pursuing a different career all together.
Palacio’s practice is in real estate law, but she’s also expecting to get some mileage out of a law degree she traveled to Ireland to receive. She is a graduate of the DU Sturm College of Law but also received a master’s of common law degree in 2011 from the University of Dublin Sutherland School of Law.
That international experience and the understanding of the history of common law in the U.K. have already come in handy for her — Palacio has referred someone to an Irish colleague for international matters, and the common law education brought about some feelings of déjà vu in her American law school classes as much of the foundational coursework is based on common law.