About the Author


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Daniel J. Klau is one of New England’s leading appellate and First Amendment attorneys and good government advocates. He was born in Hartford, CT and attended public school in Bloomfield, graduating from Bloomfield High in 1980. He received his B.A., cum laude and with distinction in Political Science, from the University of California, San Diego in 1984. In 1990, he graduated from Boston University School of Law, summa cum laude, and received the Melville M. Bigelow Scholarship Award, given to the graduating student showing the most promise as a scholar and teacher in law. Following graduation, Dan clerked for Chief Justice Ellen Ash Peters of the Connecticut Supreme Court before entering private practice in Boston. He returned to Connecticut in 1996.

Dan is the President of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information and the immediate Past President of the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government. He has received multiple awards for his efforts to promote open government, including the Society of Professional Journalist’s Helen M. Loy Freedom of Information Award (2009 and 2015), the Connecticut Bar Association Pro Bono Award (2007) and the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information’s Stephen Collins Award (2007).

Since 2003, Dan has been an adjunct professor at UConn Law School, where he teaches privacy law. He is also a supervising attorney for the Yale Law School Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic. Dan also recently served as legal counsel (with colleague Louis R. Pepe) to Governor Dannel Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.

Dan is frequently quoted on First Amendment and privacy issues, is the author of numerous articles and columns on appellate practice and First Amendment issues, and is a frequent speaker on these topics. He is the author of the legal blog, Appealingly Brief!  Dan released his first book, The Little Book of Big Appellate Tips (Or How to Write Persuasive Briefs and Excel at Oral Argument), in the fall of 2015. He is also the singer/songwriter/pianist behind two albums of musical parodies about the law and legal profession. [Click here for Dan’s full CV.]

Dan lives in West Hartford, CT with his wife, Jennifer.  They have three children.

To contact Dan, email him at ctgoodgov@gmail.com or call him at 860.241.2627.


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