Filling A Void, Law Partners Create New Connecticut LGBT Blog
For years, Manchester attorney Irene Olszewski was a prolific blogger, authoring Attorney O's Midnight Musings, CT Law Blog and Connecticut Lesbian & Gay Blog. Her death in August left an online void, especially for members of the state's LGBT legal community.
So Meghan Freed and Kristen Marcroft, partners in a Hartford law firm that handles LGBT immigration and other types of law, have stepped in to fill the gap with LGBT-related legal information. The Connecticut LGBT Law Project, launched Nov. 30, is spreading knowledge with a blog and a social media presence on Twitter and Facebook.
"Irene stopped writing last January, and so we were deprived of her thoughts on many significant legal developments, most notably, of course, the United State's Supreme Court's June decision ... ruling unconstitutional DOMA's definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman," said Freed.
Olszewski was one of the first lawyers in Connecticut to focus on matters that affected gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender clients, and she was also one of the first to embrace the digital age. In addition to the three blogs, she developed her own website and helped other lawyers develop theirs.
Freed and Marcroft wrote somewhat about same sex marriage and other LBGT legal issues on their law firm's blog (http://freedmarcroft.com/category/blog/). But Freed describes it as "really a general Connecticut law blog, and given the amount of material that there is to cover on LGBT news and legal issues, and how dynamic the subject currently is, we decided that the topic warranted its own space."
For example, the Connecticut LGBT Law Project blog's Dec. 4 entry is about how Hartford and New Haven score at the top of the 2013 Human Rights Campaign LGBT Municipal Equality Index.
"The separation [of the blogs] also better allows us in the future to include guest writers who practice in areas outside of Freed Marcroft's practice areas," Marcroft said. "For example, Gideon, from A Public Defender, will be writing for us so that the Project will have the benefit of insights from a criminal lawyer."
Freed said that the anonymous Connecticut attorney who blogs as Gideon will write about criminal law as it impacts LGBT individuals. "For example, we discussed his writing about the rights of transgender people who are in the prison system," Freed said. "He will be writing for the blog in the future, and that's one of the topics that we discussed his writing about."
Freed said that she and Marcroft took part, in November, in the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section's recent symposium called "Supreme Change: The Legal Landscape After Windsor." (The case in which the Supreme Court struck down DOMA was U.S. v. Windsor.)