Kristin M. Palace graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She received her Juris Doctor degree with distinction from Hofstra University School of Law where she was an Associate Editor of the Hofstra Law Review. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York.
As a special education parent attorney, Ms. Palace represents families in the Boston area in a variety of education matters. She has advocated on behalf of clients to obtain eligibility for special education services, to receive better services in inclusion settings, and to attain funding for placements in out-of-district special education schools. She has successfully represented children in discipline cases involving suspensions and expulsions.
Attorney Palace began her career as a litigator for the firm of Davis & Gilbert in New York City and later moved to Massachusetts where she pursued public policy interests as a lobbyist and as a government attorney. Over her 30 year plus career, Attorney Palace has served multiple state agencies as an administrative law judge, hearing appeals in the areas of mental health eligibility, public employee retirement benefits, and environmental law. She capped off her government career with an appointment as an Administrative Magistrate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a position she held for 13 years. She opened her special education practice in 2004. The practice closed in 2019 when Attorney Palace returned to her position as an Administrative Magistrate for the Commonwealth.
Attorney Palace is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA).