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Counsel - Gwen J. Zittoun

Gwen J. Zittoun

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Gwen Zittoun practices in the area of school law. She represents boards of education and school districts in relation to special education, Section 504, ADA, student discipline, Title IX, restraint and seclusion, student data privacy and general education matters. She frequently supports school districts in special education mediations, due process hearings, and federal court actions, and provides legal counsel on a variety of special education issues. She also supports schools in Office for Civil Rights complaints and Title IX investigations.

Gwen has particular experience in the area of board policy development and revision and has played an important role in the revisions to our Model Policies over the last few years. She frequently speaks on education issues, including privacy and confidentiality of student information, special education, restraint and seclusion, transgender guidance and Section 504. Gwen takes a significant role in reviewing, analyzing and drafting proposed contracts and model documents in relation to Connecticut’s student data privacy law, both at the local and state level.

Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Gwen served as a law clerk in the Staff Attorneys’ Office for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. While attending law school, Gwen authored the comment "Accessing Mental Health Care for Children: Relinquishing Custody to Save the Child," 67 Alb. L. Rev. 301 (2003).

Distinctions

  • Member, Albany Law Review

Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut: Adjunct Professor, Neag School of Education

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Mandell Jewish Community Center: Member, Board of Directors

Publications

February 23, 2017  U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Withdraw Federal Transgender Student Guidance
January 23, 2017  OCR Releases New Section 504 Resource Guide
January 17, 2017  Office for Civil Rights Issues Dear Colleague Letter: Restraint and Seclusion of Students With Disabilities
January 17, 2017  Gwen Zittoun Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article "Review noteworthy scenarios from OCR's latest guide on Section 504"
June 20, 2016  Governor Signs Student Data Privacy Law
May 17, 2016  Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights Issue Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students
December 1, 2015  Gwen Zittoun Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, "Tips to end your next IEP meeting effectively"
September 23, 2015  New Notice to Parents Regarding Special Education Rights
July 20, 2015  Gwen Zittoun Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, "Attorneys: Move Fast When Clock Starts Ticking on IEE Requests"
June 19, 2015  Significant Changes to Law Concerning Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Anticipated to be Effective July 1, 2015
February 13, 2015  Interview: Gwen Zittoun Explains School Attendance For Kids Who Are Not Vaccinated
January 28, 2015  State Department of Education Issues Guidance on Technical Edits to the IEP Document
January 23, 2015  Bureau of Special Education Issues Guidance on a School District's Ability to Send Records to Out-of-District Placements
May 30, 2014  Gwen Zittoun quoted in Special Ed Connection article, "Make immediate academic adjustments for student with concussion"
May 21, 2013  DSM-5 Released May 2013
April 2, 2013  Connecticut Special Education Regulations Effective July 1, 2013
February 25, 2013  Federal Regulations Revised to Allow One-Time Parental Consent to Access Public Benefits or Public Insurance to Pay for IDEA Services
January 22, 2013  State Department of Education Issues IEP Guidance
September 10, 2012  Connecticut Commission on Children Publishes Bullying Presentation
July 31, 2012  Protections for Diabetic Students Enacted
July 19, 2012  State Board of Education Approves Definitions of Excused and Unexcused Absences
June 28, 2012  Governor Signs Act Amending Special Education Laws in Connecticut
June 21, 2012  Statutory Changes to Physical Restraint and Seclusion Reporting Requirements

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Events

June 22, 2017  Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium: Transition to College & Careers
April 28, 2017  2017 CAS Conference for School Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
April 4, 2017  Hot Topics in Special Education and Section 504/ADA - Hartford
March 10, 2017  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2017 Public Sector Legal Update
March 3, 2017  CTABA 13th Annual Conference
November 18-19, 2016   2016 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
June 27, 2016  Briefing on Public Act 16-189: An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy
May 19, 2016  Special Education Trends and Hot Topics - Hartford
April 29, 2016  2016 CAS Conference for School Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
July 2, 2015  Webinar: Significant Changes to the Law Concerning Restraint and Seclusion in Schools
June 11, 2015  Hot Topics in Special Education - Stamford
June 2, 2015  Hot Topics in Special Education - Hartford
May 18, 2015  NBI: Special Education Laws Made Simple - New Haven
April 24, 2015  CAS Conference for School Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
October 11, 2014  Peer Relationships: Legal Considerations for Students at Independent Schools
January 21, 2014  Stamford - Peanuts, Concussions and Extracurriculars: Exploring the Landscape of Section 504
January 14, 2014  Hartford - Peanuts, Concussions and Extracurriculars: Exploring the Landscape of Section 504
June 20, 2013  The New Special Education Regulations: Are You Ready for July 1st? - Stamford
May 16, 2013  The New Special Education Regulations: Are You Ready for July 1st?
April 11, 2013  Assessing School Risk: Tools for Responding to Student Conduct
March 11, 2013  Assessing School Risk: Tools for Responding to Student Conduct
July 12, 2012  Handling Special Education Challenges

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Education

  • Albany Law School, J.D., 2004,
    summa cum laude
  • Emory University, B.A., 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of NY
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