CHRISTOPHER NEAL OAKLEY’S

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  • EDUCATION

    • QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, Hamden, CT
      • Juris Doctor
      • Honors:  Academic Scholarship

    • UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, Knoxville, TN
      • Bachelor of Arts, Economics Minor, Business
        • Honors:  G L Herrington Scholarship
        • Semi-Finalist, Poetry Scholarship Contest
          • Work Published:  The Best Poems and Poets of 2002
        • Activities:  Alpha Tau Omega
          • Scholastic Chairman
          • House Kitchen Manager 

    • CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION
      • CHILDREN’S LAW CENTER                               
        • Legal Ethics Training

      • CONNECTICUT BAR ASSOCATION, New Britain, CT
        • Advanced Family Law
        • Bankruptcy Law   
        • Court Ordered Evaluations – Dr Humphrey
        • Drafting Your Client's Will    
        • Drug and Alcohol Testing and Monitoring 101 - Steven Paymer  
                          Keeping Kids and their Families Safe.

        • Fair Housing Litigation  
        • Family Law 101     
        • Lawyers for Children in America 
        • Psychological, Psychiatric, and Custody Evaluations
        • Raising the Bar: A Bench-Bar Symposium on Professionalism     
                          Panelist Speaker for Juvenile Break out session

        • School Expulsion Hearing                                                                                                             
      • HARTFORD COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, Hartford, CT
        • Tax Issues in Family Law Cases                                                                                                     

      • NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER FOR COMMUNITY
        •  Supporting Military Families                                                                              
          • This presentation discussed various Department of Defense initiative for children, youth and families.  The prevention programs focus on multiple delivery approaches.
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      • NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CONFERENCES
        • Appellate & Respondent Briefs                                                                                                     
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      • NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TRIAL ADVOCACY
        • Trial Advocacy for Child Advocacy                                                                                             
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      • STATE OF CONNECTICUT
        • Connecticut Judicial Branch
          • Concurrent Permanency Planning Theory and Practice
          • Middletown Family Short Calendar – Pilot Program 
          • New Detention Rules
          • Visitation program for reunification and therapeutic family time                                                
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        • Connecticut Legal Research and Courthouse Resources                                                        
          • Connecticut Legal Research, Judicial Branch Law Library Services, E-Services and Web-Based Court Information, and Court Service Centers
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        • Commission on Child Protection
          • AMC/GAL Family Matters                                                                                            
          • Appellate Advocacy in Child Protection Proceedings                                               
          • Conduct and Behavioral Disorders in the Foster and Adoptive Child                   
          • Child Development and the Impact of Removal                                                      
          • DCF Treatment Plan and Specific Steps                                                                      
          • Direct and Cross Examination of an Expert Witness                                                
          • Federal Child Welfare Legislation HR 6393                                                               
          • Educational Stability Act:  Educational Decision – Making                                    
          • GAL Representation in Delinquency Cases                                                                
          • Juvenile Court Rules, effective January 1, 2009                                                        
          • K.I.D.S. Time Tracking Training                                                                                    
          • Litigating Termination of Parental Rights Cases                                                        
          • Psychological Evaluations:  Fact or Fiction                                                                
          • Pre-Service Training presented by the Center for Children's Advocacy                 
          • Significant Developments with the DCF Federal Court Consent Decree               
          • Strategy and Evidence in Child Protection Cases                                                      
          • Sustaining Safety and Well Being of Children                                                            
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        • Department of Children and Families
          • Considered removal                                                                                                         
          • Substantiation Appeal Process
          • DCF Permanency for Adolescents Training
          • Permanency Teaming Practice, DCF Open Floor Collaborative                                                                                  
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        • Department of Children and Families, DMHAS, and Court Operations in collaboration with CCPA
          • Connecticut Collaboration for Safe and Healthy Families                                      
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        • Office of the Public Defender
          • Children Exposed to Trauma Julian Ford, Ph.D.  
          • Child Welfare Law Symposium
            • Revised Performance Guidelines and Expectations for Lawyers for Children, Update on Services and Procedures for Victims of Human Trafficking, Older Youth- How to Advocate for Young People Transitioning to Independence, & Changes to Delinquency  Detention Process                                                      
          • Family Engagement through Child and Family Team Meetings                            
          • Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children  
          • Mediation in Child Protection Cases                                                
          • Placement Options for Children and Youth                                                                
          • Polyvictimization and Trauma among Court-Involved Children and                   
          • Youth:  Resources and Strategies Attorney Eva Klein
          • Role of the Child’s Attorney and Guardian ad Litem                                               
          • State v. Kitchens                                                                                                               
          • Strategies for Engaging Families and Maintaining Family Connections               
          • Talking to Children and Youth in a Trauma Informed Way
            • Erin Cushing, Clifford Beer Clinic
          • Tow Institute for Youth Justice:
            • A New Resource for Child Welfare Policy, What Will Become of Me?
            • Kids who are transitioning out of DCF care without a permanent family, Panelist
          • When a Family Matter Becomes a Juvenile Matter: 
            • How the Two Work Together
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        • URBAN INSTITUTE
          • Building Better Children’s Programs                                                                                            
          • Children, the Recession, and the Economic Recovery Plan                                                    
          • Fostering Connections Act: What You Need to Know                                                              
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  • LEGAL EXPERIENCE
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    • CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY                                                                                             
      • Acted as presenter during training seminar for the new juvenile Court attorneys regarding Permanency Planning and Termination of Parental Rights.
      • Acted as presenter for training seminar on the topic of Representing Incarcerated Parents/Parents Under Criminal Investigation                

    • OAKLEY LAW OFFICES, LLC in Middletown, CT
      • We have performed title searches for other attorneys.  We have represented clients in family matters including areas such as divorce, custody, visitation, child support, and paternity. In family Court, we have acted as the guardian ad litem for children and adults.  The family Court has appointed us as the attorney for the minor child. We have represented juvenile clients in child protection and delinquency cases including areas such as order of temporary custody, uncared for specialized needs, neglect, abuse, termination of parental rights, adoption, and emancipation.  We have accepted appointments to represent parents in child protection matters and we have represented parents as a private attorney in child protections matters.  The firm includes four full time attorneys, and a paralegal.

    • OAKLEY & CHIZINSKI LLC in Middletown, CT                                                                                    
      • We performed title searches, performed residential closings, represented clients in family matters, represented social security clients, represented juvenile clients in child protection and delinquency cases, and provided legal research for other attorneys.  At that time, the firm includes three full time attorneys, a paralegal, and a part time office assistant.

    • JUVENILE APPELLATE CONTRACT in CT                                                                                          
      • Commission on Child Protection
        • Through a state contract, I performed an appellate review of a juvenile case to determine if there were any appealable issues.  I presented three appeals to the Connecticut Appellate Court.

    • MENTOR IN JUVENILE COURT MATTERS in CT                                                                              
      • Commission on Child Protection/Public Defender’s Office
        • Acted as mentor for five new contract attorneys representing parents and children in Juvenile Court.
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    • AMC/GAL IN FAMILY MATTERS in CT                                                                                                 
      • Commission on Child Protection/Public Defender’s Office
        • Through a state contract, I have been appointed as the minor children’s attorney and/or as the Guardian Ad Litem in Hartford, Meriden, Middletown, and New Britain.
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    • PROBATE MATTERS in CT                                                                                                                        
      • Office of the Probate Court Administrator
        • Through Probate Appointments, I have represented parties involving a conservator hearing and removal hearings.
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    • JUVENILE CONTRACT ATTORNEY in Middletown, New Britain, & Waterbury, CT                                          
      • Commission on Child Protection/Public Defender’s Office
        • Through a state contract, I have acted as the father’s attorney, mother’s attorney, children’s attorney, and Guardian Ad Litem.  I have acted as a mentor for new State Contract Attorneys.
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    • SOLO PRACTITIONER in New Britain, CT                                                                                              
      • Oakley Law Offices
        • I performed title searches, performed residential closings, represented clients in family matters, represented social security clients, represented juvenile clients in child protection and delinquency cases, and provided legal research for other attorneys.  My office staff included a full time paralegal, a part time attorney, and a part time law student.
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    • ROCKVILLE SUPERIOR COURT in Rockville, CT                                                                                
      • Temporary Assistant Clerk – Complex Litigation
        • Supervisor:  Flora Pizzoferrato
        • I clerked complex litigation cases, motor vehicle cases, assisted counsel, public relations, swore in witnesses and jurors, issued state subpoenas, marked exhibits, performed legal research with LoisLaw, drafted legal memorandums for Judge Sferrazza, coded motions & opinions in CATER, and used Edison.
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    • KINGS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE in Brooklyn, NY                                             
      • Summer Intern—Gun Parts Unit
        • Supervisor:  Sue Ellen Bienenfield
        • I prepared discovery material, contacted police officers, and drafted sentencing memorandums. 

    • JUDGE CLARANCE JONES in Middletown, CT                                                                                     
      • Law Clerk for Family/Civil Cases
        • Supervisor:  Judge Clarance Jones
        • I performed research and drafting. 

    • NEW BRITAIN SUPERIOR COURT in New Britain, CT                                                                       
      • Temporary Assistant Clerk – Criminal Clerk’s Office
        • Supervisor:  Lisa Groody
        • I clerked criminal and infraction cases, assisted counsel, public relations, swore in witnesses and jurors, marked exhibits, prepared the next day’s docket, and worked with JISCL.                                                
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  • PROFESSIONAL  MEMBERSHIPS 

    • STATE/FEDERAL BARS
      • CONNECTICUT BAR - October 31, 2005
      • NEW YORK STATE BAR - April 20, 2005
      • U.S.D.C. FOR THE DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT- January 3, 2006

    • STATE/FEDERAL ATTORNEY ASSOCIATIONS
      • AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION                                                                                                  
        • Family Section Member                                                                                                  
      • CONNECTICUT BAR ASSOCIATION 
        • Family Section Member
      • NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
      • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNSEL FOR CHILDREN                                                  
        • Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist                                                                                                                                                        

    • LOCAL ATTORNEY ASSOCIATIONS 
      • HARTFORD COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION                                                                               
      • JUVENILE MATTERS TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION, INC                                                
      • MIDDLESEX BAR ASSOCIATION                                                                                                
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  • COMMUNITY SERVICE
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    • AMERICAN RED CROSS                                                                                                                             
      • Blood donor
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    • CBA CHILD WELFARE AND JUVENILE LAW COMMITTEE                                                       
      • Family Section Member
      • Child Welfare & Juvenile Law Section
        • Member 
        • Executive Committee Member  
          • The purpose is to discuss and consider issues impacting children and parents who become involved in the legal process as it pertains to child protection and juvenile justice and to promote the continuing education of CBA members and the general community with respect to such issues
        • Legislative Liaison
        • Chair
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    • DURHAM LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM SPONSOR
      • Alternating years between baseball & softball

    • LEGAL AID OF CONNECTICUT                                                                                                               
      • I represented indigent persons in various legal situations.
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    • MIDDLETOWN LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM SPONSOR                                                                          
      • High School Girls Softball
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    • NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY                                                                                    
      • I participated in a 25 mile MS bike ride to raise money and awareness for the cause.  Team Lorenzo, the team that I joined, raised almost ten thousand dollars in donations.
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    • PORTLAND LIBRARY BOARD                                                                                                                  
      • The Portland Library Board is a town commission which reports to the Board of Selectmen. 
      • In 2011 & 2012, I served as the vice chair.
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    • PORTLAND LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM SPONSOR                                                             
      • Minors Girls softball team (Wildcats)
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    • UNITED STATES COAST GUARD RESERVE                                                                                       
      • I proudly serve as part of the United States Coast Guard Reserves as a Petty Officer First Class Machinery Technician.

      • On August 20, 2006 through September 1, 2006, I attended the Reserve Enlisted Basic Indoctrination (REBI) program in Cape May, NJ.

      • Since September 1, 2006, I have been assigned to the New London Station in New London, CT.  I drill there one weekend every month.  Since joining the station, I have been involved in survival swims, Navy submarine escorts, a research & development mission, search & rescue missions, and law enforcement.

      • I attended MK "A" school from January to March 2007 in Yorktown, VA.  The USCG trained me in the following subject matters:  Basic Safety, Plumbing, Motors, Pumps, Hydraulics, Electricity, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Outboard Motors, & Rebuilding and Repairs Diesel Engines.

      • In April 2010, I attended the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) and graduated from the Boarding Officer Practical Course (BOPC)

      • On July 5, 2010, the USCG issued my orders in support of Operation Deepwater Horizon.  I was assigned as: (1) Contractor Management Team, (2) Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Team, and (3) Emergency Response Team.  My orders ended on December 2, 2010 and I returned to drilling at Station New London.

      • In January 2016, I attended the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) and graduated from the Radiation Detection Level II Operators Course.

      • In June & July 2017, I was mobilized in support of Operation Green Mountain.

      • I was a qualified 25 boat crew member until the 25 RBSs was retired.  I am a qualified 29 boat crew member, boarding officer, law enforcement instructor, and RAD Level II Operator..

  • ACTIVITIES
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    • INTRAMURAL & RECREATIONAL BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL, AND SOFTBALL

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