Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Song is Ended, but the Melody Lingers on......



After taking a sabbatical from blogging, I am happy to return.  Unfortunately, I do so with a heavy heart.  I am sad to report on the passing of Connecticut Attorney Irene Olszewski.  Some of you may know her as the author of "Attorney O's Midnight Musings"  She was 52.  Irene was an attorney I deeply admired for her legal acumen and her support over the years.  She was a lawyer who was truly a resolute defender of her clients.  I will miss sharing "war stories" with her about off kilter clients in the messy world of family law.  She was the type of attorney that gave our profession a good reputation.

A graduate of Quinnipiac Law School, Irene performed pro bono work for The Law Works for People in 2003 and worked with Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Connecticut. Irene had five articles published in the Connecticut Law Tribune, an article in the Connecticut Post and did an interview for the BBC on Gay Law, Same Sex Marriage and Gay Adoption. She also wrote three law blogs; Attorney O's Midnight Musings, CT Law Blog and CT Lesbian & Gay Blog.

She was also a musician.  Irene had an accomplished musical career that started at age 10 as a band leader for Irene's Polka Playmates and then the Irene Olszewski Orchestra as well as several other polka bands including the Twin City Connection and the Dick Pillar Orchestra. Most recently Irene was the leader of the Lavender Hearts Trio. She was an accomplished composer, arranger and producer releasing six CD's; two Christmas CD's with the Lavender Hearts Trio, three vocals and one instrumental of her own music.

Memorial contributions may be made in Irene's name to the Quinnipiac School of Law, 275 Mt. Carmel Ave., Hamden, CT 06518-1908. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. She was someone I admired tremendously. This photo is from a legal panel we both took part in for the Connecticut Bar Association on legal blogging.  She is surrounded by fellow Connecticut law bloggers. As she put it, she is the tall one in the middle. As Irving Berlin once said "The song is ended, but the melody lingers on..."  My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

5 comments:

family law attorney in Minneapolis said...

I'm very sorry to hear about your friend, Irene. I think it's awesome that she not only devoted her time to helping out the LGBT community, but also found time to play music. My condolences to you.

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