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:
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.