Alan J. Dunklow
Assistant Attorney General
Maryland Office of the Attorney General
Growing up in Michigan, Alan J. Dunklow learned a strong work ethic while working for his family’s lawn-maintenance company by cutting grass, picking up leaves and installing docks along Lake Michigan.
“I understand that the product is a direct result of the process,” he said.
After graduating from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, Dunklow taught for three years in Baltimore City Public Schools as part of the Teach for America program. “I think education has opened up the world for me and so I thought that it was a good place to put my energy to see if it could do that for others,” he said.
When Doris M. Johnson High School closed, he pursued and earned a legal degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
“I wanted to be able to impact some of the law and policy that I saw impact teachers and students on a daily basis,” he said.
Today, Dunklow serves as an assistant attorney general for the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.
“This is ultimately the job that I went to law school for so I feel grateful to be able to follow that path,” Dunklow said. “On a daily basis, I think it does help to have that lens of how these (policies and laws) impact students and teachers in the classroom. … I’m really thankful to work in an office where I am surrounded by people who like to work together but also push me to improve.”
This year, he became adjunct faculty at his alma mater teaching first-year students written and oral advocacy.
Dunklow is also active with the Bar Association of Baltimore City’s Young Lawyers Division serving on their public education committee.
“I’ve always thought that community service is important and I think that your community is ultimately where ever you are,” he said.