Floyd Abrams to be Honored with Walter Cronkite Award

We are proud to announce that Floyd Abrams, the nation’s preeminent First Amendment scholar and legal activist, will be honored with CFOG’s prestigious Walter Cronkite Freedom of Information Award on October 22 in New Haven.

Floyd Abram’s life and career mirror the mission and goals of the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government. He has worked and fought tirelessly on behalf of the public’s rights for freedom of information and openness by its government. Over a long and continuing career, he has been engaged in nearly every legal battle over significant freedom of information challenges – from The Pentagon Papers through efforts to limit the First Amendment rights of organizations such as The New York Times, National Public Radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Time magazine, Business Week, The Nation, Reader’s Digest, Hearst, AIG, and others in trials, appeals and investigations.

A prodigious litigator and author, Abrams also teaches First Amendment courses at Columbia and Yale Universities and has helped endow the Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression at the Yale Law School. Widely recognized as the country’s most respected expert on the public’s rights to full freedom of information and open government, Abrams has been awarded uncounted honors and tributes. He is a partner in Cahill Gordon & Reindel’s litigation practice group.

The Cronkite award is bestowed every five years. In 2010, the recipient was award-winning investigative reporter and author, Bob Woodward, of The Washington Post.

Details will be forthcoming soon about the location and agenda of the honors dinner. Information will be disseminated by email and will be available on the CFOG website (http://ctfog.org/). Mark your calendar: Oct. 22 in New Haven. This is always a great event.