David C. Hespe

Hespe, David

Of Counsel Morristown, NJ
973.889.4102
dchespe@pbnlaw.com

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David Hespe is Of Counsel to Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. and a member of the firm's Education Team. Having been appointed twice as New Jersey's Commissioner of Education, David is an accomplished policy leader with decades of experience throughout all levels of New Jersey and New York education matters. 

David handles a wide variety of education law matters for schools, school districts and higher education institutions, including personnel issues, student discipline, bullying, special-needs students, and litigation and other actions involving school policy. He counsels clients and education leaders on matters such as training, legislation, and strategic planning and governance. 

Well-respected in his field, he is frequently engaged to speak on topics such as education policy, school funding, and school reform. 

Prior Relevant Experience
  • Schwartz, Simon, Edelstein & Celso, LLC, Whippany, NJ, Of Counsel, 2016 - 2017.
  • New Jersey Commissioner of Education, 1999 - 2001 and 2014 - 2016.
  • Burlington County College, President and Chief Executive Officer, 2012 - 2014.
  • New Jersey Department of Education, Chief of Staff, 2011 - 2012. 
  • Willingboro School District, Interim Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, 2009 - 2011.
  • Rowan University, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, 2001 - 2009.
  • New Jersey Department of Education, Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Executive Services, 1997 - 1998.
  • Office of New Jersey Governor Whitman, Assistant Counsel for Education and Higher Education, 1994 - 1997.
  • First Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Jersey, 1998 - 1999.
  • New Jersey Office of Legislative Services, Associate Counsel, 1989 - 1993.
Speaking Engagements
  • "Tips From The Firing Squad: Best Practices For Terminations," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 15, 2017.
  • "Communicating with Confidence," New Jersey School Business Officials Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, 2017.
  • Keynote address, New Jersey State Bar Association Annual School Law Conference, Woodbridge, NJ, 2017.
  • “Helping Your Child Succeed,” Keynote address, New Jersey PTA Annual Legislative Conference, Plainsboro, NJ, 2016.
  • “Education Policy and Advocacy: What’s in the Best Interest of Children,” Keynote address, New Jersey School Boards Association and PTA, Trenton, NJ, 2015.
  • “A Plan for New Jersey: Where Do We Go From Here,” Keynote address, New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference, Monroe, NJ, 2015.
  • “Education: Our Mission and Challenge,” Keynote address, New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association Annual Conference, Monroe, NJ, 2015.
  • “Partnering Together To Improve Education in New Jersey,” New Jersey Education Association Annual Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, 2015.
  • “The State of Education in New Jersey,” Keynote address, Annual New Jersey School Boards Association, Superintendents Association and Principals and Supervisors Association Workshop, Atlantic City, NJ, 2014.
  • “A New Vision for Workforce Development,” Annual Conference of the New Jersey Utilities Association, Galloway, NJ, 2013.
  • “School Reform Jersey Style,” National Superintendents’ Roundtable Forum, Pemberton, NJ, 2012.
  • “Education Reform in New Jersey: What, How, Where, When?” Garden State Coalition of Schools Fall Forum, New Brunswick, NJ, 2011.
  • “Efficiency and School Funding,” Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton, NJ, 2009.
  • “Opportunities in Education,” Fattah Conference on Higher Education, Philadelphia, PA, 2008.
  • “School Finance and Facilities,” Invited address, New Jersey Council of Education Commissioners’ Forum, Bridgewater, NJ, 2007.
  • “Legal Issues for Superintendents,” New Jersey Association of School Administrators, Glassboro, NJ, 2007.
  • “Issues in School Law Today,” 8th Annual Principals Institute, Rowan University, NJ, 2006.
  • “Advocacy and Lobbying,” College Bound Association Annual Retreat, Atlantic City, NJ, 2004.
  • “Education Issues Facing the Latino Community,” 2nd Annual Latino Education Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, 2000. 
  • “Urban Education Reform,” National School Boards Association Annual Legislative Conference, Washington, DC, 1993.
Publications
  • “Parents, Teachers, Business Must Prepare Students for Workplace Challenges,” Article published in New Jersey Business, The Magazine of the New Jersey Business and Industry Associations, Vol. 46, No. 5 at 16, May 2000.
  • “Conflict Between Personal and Professional Ethics: Putting Theory Into Practice,” Paper presentation at Twelfth Annual Values and Leadership Conference, College Park, Pa., 2008.
  • “Education,” Book chapter in The Atlas Project, Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape, Rutgers University Press, Piscataway, N.J., (Accepted for publication May 2007).
  • “Valuing School Diversity,” Paper presentation at the Annual Conference of A.E.R.A., Chicago, Ill., 2002.

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  • New Jersey
  • New York

Education

Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, NJ, J.D., 1985

Rutgers College, Newark, NJ, B.A., 1982.

Contact Address

100 Southgate Parkway

Morristown, NJ 07962-1997

Phone: 973.889.4102

Fax: 973.538.5146