Brice Palmer Special Education Advocate
One spring day in 1995 a mother knocked on the door and asked for some help with a special education problem.
Special Education? Never heard of it. .
She asked me to go to a meeting at the school with her.
Armed with a copy of the Vermont Special Education Regulations, a Netscape Navigator browser and primitive e-mail, we readied ourselves for the meeting.
Special education has been my life’s work ever since.
I’m located in one of the most rural parts of an already rural state: Vermont. Even though we’re out in the woods, my services include special education advocacy, parent support, and coaching services for parents in almost any state. My services include litigation support for parents in due process hearings and State Review Office (SRO) appeals under section 1415 of the IDEA.
I also furnish legal writing and editing services for licensed attorneys appearing in federal district and state courts as well as in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for special education appeals.
The office has a full law library and a full special education law library, 24-7 on-line legal research subscription services, and Ruby the office dog.
Teacher, Writer, and Researcher
Brice was one of the curriculum developers for the SEAT advocacy training program. He and New York attorney and hearing officer Barbara Ebenstein taught the 2006 and 2007 classes of SEAT advocates in New York City.
He has taught special education law and advocacy for continuing legal education courses, continuing education courses for educators, protection and advocacy agency seminars, at annual conferences of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, and other parent advocacy groups.
His articles about special education and advocacy appear in a wide variety of publications.
Among them are The Beacon Journal, published by Harbor House Law Press, Autism Asperger’s Digest, published by Future Horizons, Inc., Family Focus, the quarterly newsletter published by Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA), and various articles appearing at www.wrightslaw.com.
Some of the Wrightslaw articles are: Do the Documents Speak for Themselves?, How to Prepare Your Case, Learning To Negotiate Is Part of the Advocacy Process, and How and Why to Tape Record Meetings.
Brice co-authored Defending the Legal Malpractice Claim Arising from Representation of Small Business (62 Am Jur Trials 395) with Lisa Chalidze, Esq.
Brice serves on the board of trustees for Camp Thorpe, located in Goshen, Vermont. Camp Thorpe is a 501(c)(3) organization that has provided summer camp experiences for disabled individuals for 87 consecutive years. He is also a former member of the COPAA board of directors.
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
Legal Writing Institute
Education Writer’s Association