Liley’s reputation built on land-use law
“My mother always said I started speaking in full sentences before I could walk. Growing up, people said I ought to be a lawyer, perhaps because I loved to argue about anything and everything with my six siblings,” said Liley. “It’s a trait I put to better use as a debater in high school and college.”
After graduating from Colorado State University with high distinction, Liley obtained her law degree from the University of Colorado law school and began practicing in Fort Collins.
At that time there were no women practicing law in town, and only three in Larimer County.
She considers her survival and success in the field one of her greatest accomplishments, considering that at the time her peers were neither welcoming nor supportive.
She also believes strongly in maintaining cordial relationships with a wide variety of people under sometimes very contentious circumstances.
One way to do that, Liley says, is through humor, and keeping things in