Cecilia Capers - More Than Novel Ideas



Writer - Attorney

Heather M. Palmore, Esq. - TWMIG Publicist

EMAIL: Heather M. Palmore, Esq.

Heather M. Palmore, Esq. is the publicist for Cecilia Capers' forthcoming novel "To Whom Much Is Given;" (Publisher: Red Ibis/2012) a story focusing on the journey of self-fulfillment for a part African-American, part Jamaican New York City woman attorney. Her previous book publicity experience includes representing author Bintell Powell with his debut novel "Betrayed."

A native New Yorker, Palmore grew up in Amityville and attended Malverne Public Schools. In 1988, she attended Cornell University and was recruited to their women's basketball team. As an undergraduate, she received the Elsie Van Buren Rice Award, which is the university's highest honor for public speaking and oral advocacy.  She also became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Palmore earned a bachelor's degree in Policy Analysis and Consumer Economics and Housing in 1992. Then, she was selected as a Ford-Mellon Foundation Scholar to Yale University, where she studied under Dr. Jessie Gellar at Yale University's Graduate School on the issue of child eyewitness testimony.

Palmore enrolled in Syracuse University's College of Law. At Syracuse, in her third year of law school, she made history at the College of Law by being selected as the first African American Teaching Assistant to teach first year law students both writing and oral advocacy skills with her own law section. In 1995, Heather graduated from Syracuse University's College of Law with distinction.

After graduation, Heather entered public service and was appointed as an Assistant to the District Attorney of Queens County, by the Honorable Richard A. Brown. After passing the bar in 1995, she was admitted to practice law in New York State and the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts. During her tenure at the District Attorney's Office, she tried more than 80 cases to verdict, with all but one case resulting in convictions. 

During this time, Palmore was featured as a panelist on Dateline NBC with respect to race and perceptions in the field of criminal law following the Amadou Diallo shooting in New York City.

In 2000, she joined the law firm of Conway, Farrell, Curtin & Kelly, P.C., as a trial attorney. During her tenure at Conway, Farrell, she defended more than 150 trials, with almost all going to verdict, and resulting in favorable verdicts. In 2007, Heather was elected Partner at the Wall Street defense firm of Conway, Farrell, Curtin & Kelly, P.C., becoming the first African American female elected Partner at the firm and becoming the only woman of color to be named partner in the firm's 58 year history.

Some of Palmore's honors in 2007 have included the recipient of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Drum Major Award, an honor for an exemplified commitment to public service and leadership in her field; the award recipient of the Soror of the Year Award, awarded by the Pan-Hellenic Council for her work in both her chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha and in the community, and an induction into the Malverne Hall of Fame for her outstanding athleticism. 

In 2008, she received The Network Journal Magazine's Top 40 Under Forty Achievement Award for her impact in the business community. In 2011, Long Island Business News named her one of the Top 50 Influential Women in Business for her contributions to the Long Island regional business community.

At present, Palmore is a member of the Executive Board of the Theta Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, where she served as the chapter Parliamentarian. She also served as the Corporate Sponsorship Chair for the 2009 North Atlantic Regional Conference in New York City. She is the 2008 recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award for the North Atlantic Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, in which she was recognized as the individual who has demonstrated the highest commitment to pubic service in her chapter and to the regional community at large.

In 2012, she was elected president of the Suffolk County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. Previously, she served as the Corresponding Secretary of the chapter, served as Age Group Coordinator and chapter Parliamentarian. She also coordinated activities that are educationally based for the children in the chapter and had served as a group coordinator.  She had also participated in the chapter initiatives for fundraising for local and national charities.

She also is a member of the Long Island Chapter of the Links Incorporated, where she is a member of the Services to Youth and National Trends and Services Facets. One of the Links many programs includes the chapter’s Books Alive! initiative in which it partners with the Roosevelt School District to provide literacy enrichment to elementary students.

Palmore's additional honors include appointment by the New York State Board of Regents to the Roosevelt Board of Education as a Trustee, becoming a member of the Energeia Partnership-Academy for Regional Stewardship at Molloy College, and serving as a Trustee at Molloy College.

Our publicist is an active member of St. Paul Community Baptist Church, East New York, Brooklyn, where Rev. David K. Brawley is the Senior Pastor. She resides in Long Island, New York with her son, Miles. Note, Palmore makes a cameo in the TWMIG trailer as "the mom."

MEMBERSHIPS:

The New York State Bar Association

The Brooklyn Bar Association

New York State School Boards Association

The New York State School Attorneys Association

The Amistad Bar Association

State Appointed Trustee, Board of Education, Roosevelt Public Schools

The Energeia Partnership, Academy for Regional Stewardship at Molloy College

The Long Island Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

The Theta Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, incorporated

The Suffolk County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated

 

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