Adoption, Assisted Reproduction Law, Child Support & Custody, Divorce & Dissolution, Domestic Violence & Protection From Abuse and Nontraditional Family Formation
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Ms. Palmer graduated from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey, and earned her Master of Science in Public Policy from Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute of Politics. Ms. Palmer has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northern Arizona University.
Ms. Palmer is the author of the chapter Assisted Reproductive Technology in Pennsylvania in the book entitled Representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Clients in Pennsylvania, published by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Ms. Palmer's article, "The Winding Road to the Two-Dad Family: Issues Arising in Interstate Surrogacy for Gay Couples" was published in the Rutgers School of Law Journal of Law and Public Policy, Volume 8, Issue 5, Spring 2011.
Ms. Palmer also authored Family Matters: Establishing Legal Parental Rights for Same-sex Parents and their Children, published in the American Bar Association Human Rights Magazine.
Honors and Affiliations
In 2014, Tiffany Palmer received the Rutgers University School of Law Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award for her case work and pro bono service on behalf of advancing the rights of LGBT families in Pennsylvania. The award is named for civil rights attorney Mary Philbrook, who was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1895 and later became the first New Jersey woman to be admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Tiffany Palmer was named one of the nation's "Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40" by the National LGBT Bar Association, an affiliate of the American Bar Association. Palmer received the award at the 2011 Lavender Law Conference on September 10, 2011 in Hollywood, California. The LGBT Bar established this award to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality.
Ms. Palmer is a member of the National Center for Lesbian Rights Family Law Advisory Council, a group of experienced family law and estate planning attorneys from around the country that meet annually to discuss LGBT family formation and protection issues, evaluating national trends and state-by-state cases. Ms. Palmer has also served on the Board of Directors of Philadelphia Family Pride, a non-profit organization for LGBT parents and prospective parents and their children.
In 2004, Ms. Palmer was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by Equality Advocates Pennsylvania.
From 2000 to 2003, Ms. Palmer served as Legal Director at the Equality Advocates Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 1998 to 2000, Ms. Palmer was the Family Rights Project Attorney through an Equal Justice Works National Fellowship.
In 1998, she received the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Award for outstanding academic achievement in the field of family law. In February 2000, she was awarded the Philadelphia Gay News Lambda Award as an Emerging Leader in the LGBT Community.
Tiffany Palmer is an adjunct professor at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University teaching Sexual Orientation and the Law.
Ms. Palmer is one of only six attorneys in Pennsylvania to be admitted as a fellow to the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA), a credentialed, professional organization dedicated to the advancement of best legal practices in the area of assisted reproduction.
Ms. Palmer has been involved in several important cases affecting family law in Pennsylvania, including a Pennsylvania Superior Court case that established child support obligations for a non-biological co-parent after separation. She served as counsel for amici in cases addressing second-parent adoptions in other states, and the validity of Philadelphia's domestic partnership ordinances. Ms. Palmer is the first attorney in Pennsylvania to obtain a civil union dissolution decree in the Pennsylvania courts, dissolving a Vermont civil union entered into by Pennsylvania residents.
Ms. Palmer has been named as a "Pennsylvania Rising Star: The Top Young Lawyers in Pennsylvania".
Ms. Palmer has appeared on National Public Radio, Court TV and WYBE's Philly Live: Your Lesbian and Gay Connection.
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