Heartland Events

Memorial Service for Maureen Martin (1946-2013)

The Heartland Institute
One South Wacker Drive #2740
Chicago, Illinois 60606
March 19, 2013, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Heartland Institute hosted a memorial service for Maureen Martin in its library at One South Wacker Drive #2740 in Chicago. We celebrated the life and accomplishments of one of Chicago’s most effective and outspoken defenders of individual freedom and the rule of law.

Maureen Martin, a long-time senior fellow and legal counsel to The Heartland Institute, died in a house fire on February 5. She was a talented attorney, scholar, and writer as well as a close friend of many of us here at Heartland, the Federalist Society, and in her adopted home of Green Lake, Wisconsin.

Heartland’s page in tribute to Maureen Martin, including her
CPAC Chicago 2012 talk about Fast & Furious, is here.

Read Joseph Bast's eulogy for Maureen Martin here (PDF).

Read niece Jennifer Lugo's eulogy for Maureen Martin here (PDF).

Maureen Martin worked for The Heartland Institute for nearly 15 years and volunteered for the Federalist Society, Rotary Club, and several civic and business groups in Green Lake, Wisconsin. She was a loyal friend, a great listener, and always the optimist in the room.

Martin was the long-time editor of Lawsuit Abuse Fortnightly, a newsletter that documented outrageous examples of lawyers and plaintiffs abusing the legal system for personal gain. The newsletter went to thousands of journalsits and researchers every two weeks and helped focus attention on a problem that costs consumers and businesses billions of dollars a year.

Martin was the author of many influential legal briefs on public policy issues including the right of nonprofit groups to keep the identities of their donors confidential, the Second Amendment, and environmental regulation. Her amicus brief on gun control was cited four times 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.”

Martin was a talented researcher and writer as well. She generated a steady stream of op-eds, letters to the editor, and feature articles on a wide range of public policy issues including smoking bans, climate change, gun control, collective bargaining reform, and much more. She wrote two recent Heartland Policy Briefs explaining and defending Wisconsin’s Act 10, a pioneering collective bargaining reform measure.

In 2012, when The Heartland Institute was the victim of criminal theft of corporate documents, Maureen worked tirelessly to assemble a legal team to explore our legal options and press the U.S. Attorney to prosecute the offender. Most recently she completed work on chapters for a new book on the urgency of constitutional reform that Heartland plans to publish later this year. Her bio appears in our directory of experts here.

The freedom movement has lost one of its finest defenders, and many of us have lost a close friend. Please join us as we share memories about this remarkable individual on Tuesday, March 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This event is informal and not sectarian. Please register using the form below.