Maureen Martin, R.I.P.

Published on: February 6, 2013

We at WILL join those at the Heartland Institute and elsewhere who mourn the tragic passing of Maureen Martin in a fire yesterday at her home in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Lovers of liberty across the nation have suffered a great loss.

From a Heartland Institute tribute:

Maureen was a talented attorney, scholar, and writer. She was deeply committed to protecting individual liberty and limited government through her work with The Heartland Institute, the Federalist Society, and as a volunteer in her local community with many groups.  She was deeply involved in a half-dozen research and writing projects for Heartland, projects that will now be much the poorer without her.

Maureen was the editor of Lawsuit Abuse Fortnightly, a newsletter that documented outrageous examples of lawyers and plaintiffs abusing the legal system for personal gain. She was the author of two Heartland Policy Briefs explaining and defending Wisconsin’s Act 10, a pioneering collective bargaining reform measure. She wrote legal briefs on a wide variety of topics including the right of nonprofit groups to keep the identities of their donors confidential, the Second Amendment, and environmental regulation. Her amicus brief was cited by the majority in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 landmark ruling in McDonald v. Chicago, finding  individuals have a constitutionally protected right to “keep and bear arms.”

The rest of the tribute can be read here.