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

Related Industry

Memberships

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

Presentations

  • "Investigating and Responding to Student Sexualized Conduct", LRP National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities (April 2018)
  • "Medical Marijuana", Lincoln Intermediate Unit HR Directors (April 2018)
  • "Student Sexualized Conduct", Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (February 2018)
  • “FLSA Overview Workshop”, Capital Area Intermediate Unit (November 2017)
  • "Developing Effective Responses to Inappropriate Sexualized Conduct and Behaviors Related to Adverse Childhood Experiences", 38th annual National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities (April 2017)
  • "Update on Foster Student Transportation Requirements", Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (January 2017)
  • "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)
  • "Administrative Retreat: Background Clearances Process & Procedure" (2015).
  • "Approaching Parental Disagreements: LEA Obligations", Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2015)
  • "Effective IEP Development and Implementation", Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2014)
  • "Student Services Top Ten Year in Review (2014)
  • "How, Why & When: Discipline of Students with Exceptionalities", Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2013)
  • "Advanced FMLA and ADA Issues" (2013)
  • "Hot Topics in Collective Bargaining" (2012)

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.

Employment and labor work is often diverse and varied, and David’s experience reflects that. He’s negotiated union contracts and regularly provides guidance on labor relations in the private sector, counseled clients in best-practice compliance with federal employment laws, represented clients in employment litigation, performed policy and handbook reviews and conducted presentations both for lawyers and human resources directors on emerging issues impacting labor and employment.

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.