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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. As a member of the firm's Data Privacy and Protection Practice Group, 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).


  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Schools & Education (2018)
  • New Leader in the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune (2017)
  • 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


March 24, 2020  COVID-19: Commissioner of Education Relaxes Portion of Student Data Privacy Law During School Closure
March 17, 2020  Prompt Examination of COVID-19 Impact on School Business Operations Advisable
August 2017  Firm Attorneys Published in Legal Resource for School Health Services
July 27, 2017  New Legislation Revises Physical Restraint and Seclusion Training Requirements
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

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April 26, 2019  2019 CAS Conference for School Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
December 13, 2018  Webinar: Use of Physical Restraint, Seclusion and Exclusionary Time Out: An Interactive Webinar Addressing Legal Compliance
November 20, 2018  CEN Education and Development Advisory Council Workshop
September 14, 2018  Annual Risk Management Day
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

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

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admissions

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

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