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Public Employee Relations Board Mary Oates Walker Confirmation Resolution of 2009
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Chairman Vincent C. Gray at the request of the Mayor


To confirm the appointment of Ms. Mary Oates Walker to the Public Employee Relations Board. RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the “Public Employee Relations Board Mary Oates Walker Confirmation Resolution of 2009”.

Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of:

Mary Oates Walker
4520 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
(Ward 4)

as a public member of the Public Employee Relations Board, established by section 501 of the District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978, effective March 3, 1979 (DC Law 2-139; DC Official Code 1-605.01), filling a vacant term, for a term to end December 12, 2010.

Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.

Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.

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4520 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011


Walker Enterprises LLC, Washington, DC   May 2006 - Present
Provide strategic business and legal consulting services. Manage real estate development and investment activities in the District of Columbia.

The Hershey Company, Hershey, PA   April 2003 -April 2006 
Senior Counsel
Responsible for all labor and employment matters for Fortune 100 company. Managed labor and employment litigation against the corporation. Represented the corporation in investigations by the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state human rights commissions. Ensured compliance with Affirmative Action obligations. Developed personnel policies and procedures in compliance with federal and state laws. Provided legal advice on all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring, discipline and termination. Oversaw reorganizations and reductions in force. Served as Privacy Officer and as legal advisor to the Diversity Council.

Wiley Rein & Fielding, LLP, Washington, DC   December 2000 - April 2003
Counseled employers on labor and employment matters, including compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, Executive Order 11246, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act. Advised clients on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy regulation and state medical privacy regulations. Represented clients in government investigations involving federal employment laws and the False Claims Act, and in civil litigation under various federal and state statutes.

Miller & Chevalier, Washington, DC   September 1997 -- December 2000 
Senior Associate
Litigated employment discrimination cases under various federal and state statutes, as well as healthcare cases involving federal preemption, benefits denial and subrogation. Counseled health insurance companies on plans offered under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act.

Department of the Navy, Arlington, VA   November 1994 .-- September 1997 
Government Contracts Attorney,
Naval Sea Systems Command
Represented the Government in federal court cases and protests before the General Accounting Office. Served as legal advisor for multi-million dollar procurements of major weapons systems and related acquisitions.


District of Columbia Board of Zoning Adjustment   December 2007 - Present 
Mayoral appointee to quasi-judicial body responsible for adjudicating land use cases and zoning appeals.


Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC 
Juris Doctor, May 1994
Co-Captain, National Moot Court Team 
Merit Fellow, 1991 - 1994

Howard University, Washington, DC
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Cum Laude, May 1989

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