Associate Professor of Legal Skills and
Coordinator of Legal Research and Writing
B.A., University of Virginia
J.D., George Washington University Law School
Research and Writing I and II
Professor Palmer joined Stetson after teaching legal writing and oral advocacy for six years as a professorial lecturer in law at George Washington University Law School. Most recently, he worked for the Department of State as a team leader representing the United States in international arbitration cases before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. He also spent four years in Switzerland working as a claims judge for the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts, adjudicating claims of victims of Nazi persecution; for the United Nations Compensation Commission, coordinating review of Palestinian claims against Iraq as a result of its invasion and occupation of Kuwait; and for the Europa Institute at the University of Zurich, creating and teaching a course for Swiss lawyers on U.S. legal writing. Before working in Switzerland and at the Department of State, Professor Palmer spent several years in private practice in Washington, D.C., focusing on commercial litigation and international arbitration.
Professor Palmer is the co-author, along with Professor Arturo Carrillo, of the article "Transnational Mass Claims Processes in International Law and Practice," published in 28 Berkeley J. Int'l L. 343 (2010). He is also the author of the book chapter "Remedying Mistakes in Mass Claims without Compounding Errors - Lessons from the Palestinian Late Claims Program" in Designing Compensation After Upheaval: Insights From the Experience of the United Nations Compensation Commission (Oxford University Press). This two volume treatise is scheduled for publication in fall of 2010.
Professor Palmer was a panelist at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference in Tucson, Ariz., where he presented on "Paradigm Shift: Effectively Transitioning Students Between Professors During the First-Year Writing Curriculum." He has also presented at Cumberland University, Birmingham, Ala., on "The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): A Human Rights Approach to Post-Secondary Education," at the American Bar Association 2009 Fall Meeting in Miami, Fla., on "Nuts and Bolts of Drafting for Clients," and at the Merlin Law Group on "Removing the Roadblocks: Strategies for Effective Written Advocacy." Additionally, Professor Palmer was a moderator for the Stetson University College of Law Virtual Legal Writing Webinar on Upper Level Writing Programs.
Professor Palmer was a judge for the 2010 Michael Greenberg Writing Competition for the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association. He was also a deputy editor of the "International Year in Review" published in The International Lawyer in spring of 2010 and was an assistant editor for Volume 16 of the Legal Writing Institute's Journal of Legal Writing. He is a corresponding editor for International Legal Materials, which is published quarterly by the American Society of International Law.