David M. Walker
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Education

  • Widener University, Delaware Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • West Chester University, B.S.E.D., summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Memberships

  • National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys
  • Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association
  • Lancaster Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Presentations

  • "Workplace Bullying: Applying School Law in an Employment Context", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2016)
  • ”Recent Trends, Hot-Button Issues & Training Essentials” (April 2016)
  • "Hot Topics" in Collective Bargaining (2012)
  • Advanced FMLA and ADA Issues (2013)
  • How, Why & When: Discipline of Students with Exceptionalities, Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2013)
  • Student Services "Top Ten" Year in Review (2014)
  • Effective IEP Development and Implementation, Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2014)
  • Approaching Parental Disagreements: LEA Obligations, Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2015)
  • Administrative Retreat: Background Clearances Process & Procedure (2015).

Community Involvement

  • 100 Men Who Care - Lancaster; planning committee member
  • Musser Park Civic Association; board member
  • Lancaster Bar Association; 2015 chair, Young Lawyers' Section
  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra; board member
  • Leadership Lancaster; ACHIEVE committee member
  • Leadership Lancaster; 2014 graduate

David M. Walker

Associate(717) 553-1062
dwalker@barley.com
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David Walker is a member of the firm’s Education Law group. David focuses his practice on the unique legal needs confronting educational agencies throughout Pennsylvania, including school districts, intermediate units and career and technology centers.  As a school solicitor, David supports educational agencies in all areas of general school law.

David regularly advises school boards and administrators on all facets of public-sector employment law and labor relations.  This experience includes ensuring employer compliance with all applicable federal and state laws.  David also assists in collective bargaining with labor unions, and regularly guides school boards through the grievance/arbitration process.

David's practice includes providing significant support for the business needs of educational agencies.  This experience includes drafting, revising and negotiating contracts, ensuring compliance with public-bidding requirements and responding to bid disputes.  Further, David provides business services for joint purchasing boards and health care cooperatives, and routinely counsels school business managers on issues related to employee benefits.

Prior to attending law school, David was an eighth grade special education teacher in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  David uses his degree in special education, along with his teaching experience, to support the student services and special education needs of educational agencies.  In particular, David advises clients on issues of student discipline and student rights, and regularly advises clients on issues related to special education due process hearings.

David earned his law degree from Widener University Delaware Law School in Wilmington, DE, where he was an Associate Editor of the Widener Law Review.  While attending law school, David interned with the Delaware Superior Court, and completed externships with the Delaware House of Representatives and the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  

Prior to entering private practice, David served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Donald R. Totaro of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas.