Audrey B. Blondin Resume

Education:

Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT , B.S. Degree, Magna Cum Laude, May, 1975

Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA, Juris Doctor Degree, August, 1979

Certificate in Public Health, University of Connecticut School of Public Health, May 2009

Languages spoken: English, Some Spanish

Professional Experience:

1980 to Present:

Attorney – Law Offices of Audrey B. Blondin, 379 Prospect Street, Suite A, Torrington, CT 06790

General practice of law:

Founder, Torrington’s oldest woman-owned law firm. Areas of practice include real estate, wills and estate planning.

Office has served as counsel for many banks and mortgage companies, providing representation on residential closings,

including FHA, CHFA, and VA loan programs, commercial closings, foreclosures and loan work-out. Office has served

as court-appointed Committee on numerous foreclosure sales over the past thirty years.

Lender representation includes: Bank of America, Litchfield Bancorp, Torrington Savings Bank, Thomaston Savings

Bank, Webster Bank, Northwest Community Bank, People’s Bank, Village Mortgage Company, New Milford Savings

Bank, Salisbury Bank & Trust Company, Union Savings Bank

Licensed title insurance agent for Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company.

Professional Activities:

Selectman - Town of Litchfield – 1993 to 2003:

Elected position to five-person Board of Selectmen. Participated in all aspects of local town government, including budget

process and preparation, labor negotiations, hiring of personnel, community involvement and interaction with various

town departments and local boards and commissions, including Public Works, Park and Recreation and Board of Finance.

Served as Chairman of the Litchfield Courthouse Committee. Also served as Moderator for Town Meetings. Obtained

designation of Litchfield as a Millennium Community by organizing the purchase and sealing of a town time capsule.

Developed concept and assisted Recycling Committee in formation and implementation of the Litchfield Book Exchange

at the town recycling center. Served as the longest-serving Democratic woman member of the Litchfield Board of

Selectmen.

Public Information Officer – Town of Litchfield – 2002 to 2004:

Appointed by First Selectman and Board of Selectmen as part of the Town Emergency Management Plan. Revised Town

Emergency Management Plan and participated in state-sponsored Emergency Management courses. Performed official

Public Information Officer duties during town-wide ice storm related State of Emergency from November 17-20, 2002.

Democratic State Central Committeewoman-30th District 2002 to Present:

Elected from the 30th State Senatorial District as member of 76 person statewide Democratic organization. Responsibilities

include providing assistance to the Democratic Party on the state level, candidate recruitment and organization,

fundraising, media briefing on local and state Democratic candidates and issues.

Connecticut State Chairman – NACBA – 2002 to 2006:

Appointed by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Board of Directors to serve as State Chairman

for Connecticut. Duties include promoting and developing NACBA membership among Connecticut bankruptcy

attorneys, as well as assisting and contributing to the issues advocated by NACBA on behalf of current bankruptcy law

and clients. Also performed lobbying duties on behalf of NACBA in Washington, D.C. 1999-2005. Met with members

and staffs of the House of Representatives and United States Senate in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the National

Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys to advocate for fair and responsible bankruptcy reform legislation.

VOSH-Connecticut(Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity):

Co-founder with husband, Dr. Matthew Blondin, in 2001 of VOSH-Connecticut. VOSH-Connecticut is the Connecticut

chapter of VOSH-International, an international organization providing eye care services to residents of third world

countries. Currently serving as Secretary/Treasurer of VOSH-Connecticut.

Missions to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua- 2001 - 2013, Upcoming 2015

As a member of VOSH, assisted in providing eye examinations and eyeglasses to over 2,500 area residents per year

without access to eye care of any kind. Served as Director of Mission Clinic in 2001-2013 supervising over 100

volunteers, optometrists, optometry students, opticians, assistants and local support staff providing eye care services to

several thousand local Nicaraguan residents each year. Upcoming mission is currently scheduled for 2015.

Democratic National Convention Delegate -2000, Alternate Delegate-2004, Delegate 2012, Candidate for Secretary of the State

2006

Served as a member of the Connecticut delegation to the 2000, 2004 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions.

Provided legal representation on behalf of the Democratic National Committee for a gender balance challenge to the

Connecticut delegation in 2000. Served as a Connecticut counsel for the Gore 2000 campaign, and as the 5th

Congressional District Coordinator Kerry for President 2004. Served as a member of the Statewide Campaign Hillary

Clinton for President 2008. Ran a state-wide campaign as one of the six candidates for Secretary of the State 2006.

Computer Expertise:

Law Offices have new Dell Computers, Laptop Computers and Hewlett Packard LaserJet printers. Program expertise

includes Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, including Microsoft Word, Publisher, FrontPage, Access,

PowerPoint, Excel, Works, and Outlook, Adobe Acrobat 8.0, CATIC PrepExpress 6.0, Quicken 2012 for Windows

(Trustee and Office Bank Accounts), America Online 9.0, DSL, Internet Explorer, AOL and Yahoo e-mail.

Professional Organizations and Activities:

Connecticut Bar Association

Litchfield County Bar Association

James W. Cooper Fellow - Lifetime Member

Justice of the Peace

Publications:

Various political, legal, optometric, opinion and other articles, including Connecticut Bar Journal, Connecticut Law

Tribune, Optometric Economics, The Connecticut REALTOR and the Register Citizen, Litchfield Enquirer, Litchfield

County Times, Republican-American and the Hartford Courant.

Licensure:

Admitted to Connecticut Bar, May 19, 1980

Admitted to U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, August, 1980

Admitted to the Supreme Court of the U.S., January 9, 1984

Admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, June 12, 1984

Rose A. Blondin Resume

EDUCATION:

Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA

Juris Doctor, May 2014, Cum Laude

Admitted to Connecticut Bar, November 2014


Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, May 2011, Summa Cum Laude


Collegiate Honors:

∗ Dean’s List Fall 2007 - Spring 2011, Membership in Alpha Delta and Kappa Gamma Pi, Distinction in Field of American Studies

Awards:

*Recipient of the Kingston-Mann Student Research Awards for Excellence in Diversity/Inclusion Scholarship – Essay competition that rewards and celebrates undergraduate research that focuses on issues of diversity and inclusion

Graduate Honors:

*Recipient of Best Brief Award in recognition of outstanding performance in Legal Writing

*Dean’s List Fall 2011 – Spring 2014


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Attorney at Blondin Law Offices - Fall 2013 - Present:

*Extensive experince in both Probate and Criminal Court

General Counsel for Little Guild of Saint Francis Spring 2015 - Present:

*Advising the Little Guild of Saint Francis on all legal matters

3:03 Student Attorney for Suffolk University Law School Education Advocacy Clinic - Fall 13 - Spring 14

*Represented students in suspension, expulsion, and special education hearings

*Advocated for clients in TEAM meetings

*Worked with families to create and advocate for enforcement of student IEPs

Intern for G.A.18 Public Defender Services – Summer 13

*Interviewed walk-in and all lock-up clients

*Represented clients in arraignment hearings as a Certified Legal Intern

Intern for Attorney Monica Murphy, Deputy Regional Counsel, Boston Region, Department of Children and Families – Fall 12

*Assisted with legal research, writing and discovery process

*Observed and did 3:03 work in juvenile and probate court

Intern for Attorney Kara Holmquist, MSPCA Director of Advocacy – Summer 12

*Assisted with legal research and writing of bills that protect animal welfare

*Assisted with lobbying for bills at Massachusetts State House

200 Hr Certified Yoga Instructor - January 2014

*Taught Yoga for Suffolk University in Boston, MA teaching yoga,  January 2014-May 2014

*Taught Yoga for Inwelligent Yoga located in Waterbury, CT, June 2014 - November 2014


LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE:

Board of Director's Member for the Little Guild of Saint Francis, January 2015 - May 2015

*An animal shelter and rescue organization located in West Cornwall, Connecticut

Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity - January 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2015

∗ Volunteered with nonprofit, volunteer organization for a week in January in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, organizing and assisting in helping over 2,000 patients with visual problems

Student Animal League Defense Fund – Vice President Fall 2013, Secretary Fall 2012, Spring 2013

*Suffolk University Law School club dedicated to animal welfare law issues

Students For Environmental Action - President 2009 – 2010, Vice President 2008, Treasurer 2007 

∗ Emmanuel College environmental club dedicated to spreading awareness about environmental issues

*Organized and led two alternative spring break trips to Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Douthat State Park in Virginia where we planted trees, repaired trails, and removed invasive species.  

PUBLICATIONS:

Human Males Appear More Prepared Than Females to Resolve Conflicts with Same-Sex Peers, Human Nature, May 21, 2014

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12110-014-9198-z