Kalani E. Linnell
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Education

  • Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • West Chester University, B.S., magna cum laude

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Presentations

  • “COVID-19 Topics: Legislative Forecast & Extended School Year”, Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 Special Education Advisory Council (April 2020)
  • “COVID Update: Recent Developments and Key-Take Aways Regarding FAPE During a Health Emergency”, Capital Area Intermediate Unit Special Education Advisory Council (April 2020)
  • "COVID-19 Update: Documents, Considerations, and Key-Take Aways Regarding FAPE During a Health Emergency", Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 Special Education Advisory Council (April 2020)
  • “COVID-19 Topics and 5 High Priority Tasks for School Leaders to Implement Immediately”, Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 Curriculum Council (March 2020)
  • “COVID-19: Legal Compliance and Best Practices When Educating During a Health Emergency”, Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 Special Education Advisory Council (March 2020)
  • "Serving Students with Dyslexia: Best Practices and Legal Trends Forecast", Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 Special Education Advisory Council (January 2020)
  • "Serving Students with Dyslexia: Best Practices and Legal Trends Forecast", Capital Area Intermediate Unit Special Education Advisory Council (January 2020)
  • "Student Anxiety: District Obligations under the IDEA and Section 504", Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 Special Education Advisory Council (November 2019)
  • “Legal Briefing Webinar: Student Threats”, Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (October 2019)
  • "Case Law Update: Student Anxiety Under IDEA and 504” , Capital Area Intermediate Unit - Special Education Advisory Council (October 2019)
  • “Incorporating Special Education Perspectives in Safe Schools”, Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12 -- Special Education Advisory Council (October 2019)
  • "Developing Trauma-Informed 504 Plans and IEPs", Special Education Advisory Council at Capital Area Intermediate Unit (September 2019)
  • "Legally Defensible IEPs", Mifflin County School District (August 2019)
  • "FERPA/HIPAA Compliance and Special Education Review: Professional Development for School Nurses, Guidance Counselors, and Other Non-Professional Employees", Mifflin County School District (August 2019)
  • "Related Services as a Component of FAPE: Professional Development for OTs, PTs, and SLPs", Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12 (July 2019)
  • "The Administration’s Role in Special Education and FERPA: Professional Development with Practical Scenarios", Mifflin County School District (July 2019)
  • "Education Law and Policy, Student Q&A Discussion", Millersville University (May 2019)
  • "Responding to A Parent Request for an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)”, Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12 (February 2019)
  • "Special Education Case Law Update and Year In Review", Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12 (January 2019)

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Kalani E. Linnell

Associate(717) 399-4155
klinnell@barley.com
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Kalani is an associate in the Barley Snyder Education Group, with a practice that includes the representation of school districts, charter schools, and private schools as well as assisting colleges with student matters.

Kalani handles complex legal issues in many representative capacities, a hallmark of the Barley Snyder Education Practice Group. Her experience includes counseling clients on:

  • Policy development
  • School board matters
  • Day-to-day operational questions
  • Advocating for clients in negotiations, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution settings

Kalani takes a proactive approach to the ever-evolving hot topics in the educational realm. Through that approach, she has worked in-depth on issues relating to sexual harassment, student expression, school safety and security, trauma-informed practices, data security, and medical marijuana and cannabis. She also provides comprehensive presentations, trainings, and professional development.

In addition, she regularly assists with employment and special education matters and she offers advice for clients on all aspects of compliance with federal and state law. That includes multifaceted issues such as Title IX, the McKinney-Vento Act, and Section 504. 

Kalani is a Lancaster native returning to the region after graduating in the top 15% of her class from Drexel University’s Kline School of Law. While at Drexel, she served as an executive editor of Drexel Law Review, a member of the school’s Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic, and was recognized at graduation for providing more than 100 hours of pro bono legal services to members of the community.

Kalani discovered her passion for education through coaching age group and high school swim teams in Lancaster and Chester counties. After earning a bachelor’s degree with a dual major of English Literature and Secondary Education from West Chester University, Kalani taught high school language arts and served as a middle school writing educator in a Chester County school district. She also has 10 years of experience as a first responder for the Ocean City (Md.) Beach Patrol where she was trained in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and worked closely with local law enforcement, the fire department, and EMS.

 
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