Class of 2010

Meredith Palmer

Staff Attorney, The Children’s Law Center

Born and raised in the South, Meredith Palmer received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Clemson University and a Master of Public Health from the University of South Carolina (USC).

A loyal advocate of LGBTQ health, Meredith devoted her graduate research specifically to improving the quality of health for sexual minority populations.

She proudly founded the University of South Carolina Sexual Minority Women’s Health Initiative, the first program of its kind to meet the unmet health service needs of sexual minority women at USC.

As part of the Women’s Health Initiative, Meredith developed a number of health education workshops for lesbian and bisexual students and conducted a professional training to improve the cultural competency among health providers.

While a graduate student, Meredith also reconstructed the Youth Empowered Against HIV (YEAH!) curriculum for a local youth organization and contributed to research presented at the South Carolina HIV/STD Conference “STDs Among Sexual Minority Women.”

She also worked on a nutrition-based project that has since been published in the Family and Community Health Journal.

Meredith’s accomplishments were recognized by the Delta Omega Honors Society, the prestigious National Honorary Public Health Society for Health Professionals.

In addition to her public health endeavors, Meredith also was a dedicated advocate for sexual minority youth. As a volunteer for OutSmart in the Midlands — a youth advocacy organization for LGBTQ youth in South Carolina — Meredith facilitated weekly group meetings and contributed to the production of Columbia’s first gay prom.

While a student at Hofstra Law, Meredith interned with the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.

Patrick Paschall

Policy Counsel, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and City Council Member, Hyattsville, Md.

Patrick Paschall attended Texas A&M University and received a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in history and a certificate in European Union politics.

While an undergraduate student, Patrick served on the executive committee for the campus Safe Zone program, Aggie ALLIES, and was one of the primary facilitators for Safe Zone trainings and “Guess Who’s Gay” panels.

After graduating from Texas A&M, Patrick spent the summer as a legislative intern at the National Center for Transgender Equality in Washington, D.C.

He had the opportunity to assist the executive director with lobby visits, organize grassroots-congressional contacts on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and track federal and state legislation impacting transgender people.

Patrick was selected as a 2008 Holley Law Fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Washington, D.C., and spent the summer as an intern with the organization.

He worked to draft local nondiscrimination ordinances for two cities, update the task force’s model nondiscrimination ordinance and write policy recommendations for federal LGBT aging policy.

During that summer, Patrick also attended the only LGBT-based study abroad program for law students, which took place in Amsterdam. While there he studied Transgender & Intersex Law, Race and Sexual Orientation, and Same-Sex Relationship Recognition.