Caroline Palmer joined the MNCASA staff in January 2008. Previously she worked as the pro bono development director at the Minnesota State Bar Association, where she staffed the Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee and the Bar Foundation. She also served as executive director of LegalCORPS (providing pro bono services to nonprofits and small businesses) as well as the Minnesota Volunteer Attorney Program.
For five years prior, Palmer worked as a staff attorney at the Minnesota AIDS Project where she developed a program through an Equal Justice Works fellowship focused on permanency planning for parents living with HIV. She represented clients in family law, domestic violence, and estate planning matters, and she also served as the corrections systems advocate. She helped to develop two state laws addressing stand-by custody and third-party custody and served on a work group focused on permanency planning issues administered by the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center at the University of California, Berkeley.
Caroline has a BA from Barnard College and a JD from Hamline University School of Law (where she currently serves as an adjunct professor in public interest law). She was a 2009-10 Policy Fellow at the Center for Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.