March Madness: The Same Sex Marriage Edition

One of the things I miss about working in a large law firm is a robust and festive March Madness pool.  (Remembering that the last time I was in a large Connecticut firm, the UConn men were contenders with fewer academic “struggles.”  The UConn women, of course, were as outstanding both on the court and in the classroom back then as they are now.) So what does the NCAA tournament have to do with same sex marriage? Read More

Love and Taxes

As followers of Freed Marcroft’s Facebook page are well aware, this week the United States Supreme Court is set to hear arguments of two landmark cases impacting the rights of same sex couples in America — Hollingsworth v. Perry on Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage initiative in California, and Windsor v. United States on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). As I discussed on Colin McEnroe’s show on Read More

Love and Marriage

Although we spend a significant amount of our practice devoted to helping clients end their marriages as civilly, healthfully, and respectfully as possible, Freed Marcroft loves love. And, we love that the Illinois Senate chose Valentine’s Day as the day to hold a vote approving marriage equality. Same sex marriage is not yet legal in Illinois, the House has not yet voted and sufficient votes are said to be Read More

Boardwalk Empire, an Alien in a Human Suit, and Federal Divorce

Kristen and I have been watching Boardwalk Empire.  Mainlining it, actually.  Last night we tucked in to Season 2, Episode 10, “Georgia Peaches.” In one very-tertiary-to-the-main-action scene last night, Agent Nelson Van Alden (who is at most times scarier than the corrupt pols and gangsters he wants to bring down, and is at all times reminiscent of Edgar the Bug, the alien who wore a human skin disguise in Men in Read More

Put on Your Kilt, It’s Snowing

  What does a snowy day have to do with Connecticut’s state tartan, you ask? (For that matter, you probably also ask: “We have a state tartan?”) Thanks to Connecticut General Statutes § 3-110j, we have one.  And it’s no regular old run of the mill tartan, either. The following-described tartan shall be the official tartan of the state: A plaid, with large blue stripes representing Long Island Sound, Read More

“Is There Sugar in Syrup?”

“Yes.” “Then yes!” Buddy the Elf isn’t the only guy who likes syrup.  I’ve actually handled a sticky (sorry) maple litigation before, so I’m familiar with how much money there can be in sap — but a news story today out of Canada today proved just what big business syrup is. It’s so lucrative that an OPEC-style cartel in Quebec controls “about 77 percent of the world’s maple syrup.”  (An OPEC-style cartel!) It’s Read More

Swan Song

  Beginning Freed Marcroft meant ending something else.  For me, it meant leaving Hartford Steam Boiler, where over the course of five plus years I have had the privilege to work with exceptionally wonderful people. I work most closely with Darren, Beth, and Donna.  Darren is a great lawyer and a great friend.  I will darken his door often.  Really, really often.  I cannot imagine functioning without Read More

Invincible Summer

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus Look, it’s the bar exam. We are not actually suffering here, we are privileged. This thing you are going do tomorrow and the next day and, depending what state you're in, maybe even the day after that is very difficult, but the opportunity to do it is a gift. You are trying out to be a member of one of the two great Read More