Kahlill Palmer

Adjunct Instructor


Kahlill Palmer is an Adjunct Professor teaching Alternative Dispute Resolution with Howard University, School of Law.  Professor Palmer works with The World Bank Group (WBG) as a Mediation Officer, where he assists WBG staff address and resolve workplace disputes.  Prior to working with WBG, Professor Palmer worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) ADR Division, where he provided consulting, customized trainings, group facilitation, team building and climate assessments, among other services. 

Prior to working with FEMA, Professor Palmer maintained a private ADR practice. He developed extensive experience working on several landmark civil rights class action cases.  He served as an attorney assisting the Chief Arbitrator in Pigford v. Glickman, in which Black Farmers sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture for unfair lending practices, and its progeny, Keepseagle v. Vilsack and In Re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation Settlement, in which Native American and Black Farmers respectively sued the USDA for discriminatory lending practices.  He has also served as a neutral in a series of individualized claims processes in which African American financial advisors sued Wall Street investment firms because the firms allegedly engaged in a pattern and practice of racial discrimination and firm policies unlawfully and disparately impacted them.  Professor Palmer also served as an Ombuds in Hubbard v. U.S. Postal Service, in which deaf and hard of hearing employees sued for failure to make reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In response to the housing crisis, the District of Columbia developed a Foreclosure Mediation Program (FMP) to provide homeowners an opportunity to save their homes from foreclosure and mediate with their lenders.  From the program’s inception until recently, Professor Palmer served as the Foreclosure Mediation Program Manager and primary mediator.  As a result of his work on D.C.’s FMP, Professor Palmer has served as a foreclosure mediation expert to the Massachusetts Foreclosure Impacts Task Force, the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section and the Uniform Laws Commission.

Professor Palmer serves as an Editorial Board Member of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section magazine and as a Board Member of the Attorney/Client Arbitration Board of the D.C. Bar.  He was an American Arbitration Association Higginbotham Fellow.

Professor Palmer graduated from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business with a Bachelor in Business Administration and received his Juris Doctor from Howard University, School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia.