Margaret Tafoya was born and raised in San Diego. Influenced by her upbringing in a law enforcement family, she did not begin her college career knowing that she wanted to be an attorney, but it remained a looming idea in her subconscious, since the first time her mother dragged her into court as an observer at eight years old.
While working full time, and with the support of her family, Margaret attended junior college at Palomar College, shortly after having graduated high school. There, she studied the art of film-making, as well as completing her general education requirements. During her time at Palomar, she decided that she would continue to pursue higher education, and the possibility of law school came right into the forefront. She graduated Palomar College with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Humanities. From Palomar College, Margaret transferred to the University of California, at San Diego. While at U.C.S.D. she worked full-time, sometimes holding down two jobs, while she studied Political Science, with a minor in Law and Society. Margaret then graduated from U.C.S.D., after only one year, in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.
Staying with the San Diego theme, Margaret was admitted to and began attending law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in downtown San Diego. Keeping with the normal curriculum of a first-year student, Margaret excelled her first year in law school. During Margaret Tafoya’s second year, she became incredibly involved in several organizations on campus and took on board member roles in three near and dear to her heart. Because she worked throughout the duration of law school at a non-profit program offering free legal services to San Diego, during law school she received the Pro Bono Honors Award for both the 2011 – 2012 and the 2010 – 2011 academic school years. Additionally, by completing over several hundred hours of Pro Bono legal work, she received the Wiley W. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services (from the State Bar of California) and the Distinguished Service Award (from the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program) two years in a row. Margaret also received special notice for her achievements in Constitutional Law during the 2012 Spring semester, including the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, the Excellence in the Future Award, and the Jefferson Medal Award.
As a practicing attorney, Margaret has made it her mission to ensure that each and every client gets their fair shake in the justice system, and she is willing to go above and beyond to do whatever it takes. Margaret is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, San Diego County Bar Association, American Bar Association, and is licensed to practice in the State of California, as well as the Southern District of California.