Kristen passed the bar exam on the first shot.
Today she was admitted to practice in Connecticut.
In the words of the she-better-be-immortal Chion Wolf, “the life that Kristen Marcroft led to get to this point is remarkable.” The remarkable story of Kristen’s remarkable life is Kristen’s story, and I won’t presume to tell it.
But she is remarkable. And that’s really the whole thing about her. Every attorney’s swearing in is special. Mine was terrifying and wonderful and I still remember what my Dad ordered for lunch afterward at Bin 228. I still order it (white bean and sage brushetta), in a sort of tribute to the club that allowed me in that day, and the family that got me to that day, and the life that I’ve been given the opportunity to lead because of that day.
But the judge that swore me in didn’t know me, and couldn’t say what Judge Kaplan said when he swore in Kristen: “You are terrific at what you’ve done and all of us are very proud of you.”
Kristen went through the fire to get to this day. And her beautiful family went with her. The Marcrofts are a lion pride. They are smart; they are fierce; they are loving; they are loyal. Their willingness to include me in their ranks is one of my greatest joys. (And accomplishments.) They are the most important force and thing to Kristen. They are also our best friends.
Today Kristen gave our niece, Caroline, her bar certificate. Caroline is now its Keeper, and it lives in her drawer of Very Important Things.
Kristen has also assembled a band of brilliant, funny, devoted friends who are each responsible for a piece of what happened today. When you become Kristen’s friend, and she lets you in to her story, you find yourself part of her tribe, a knight vying for her favor. Some are servers, some are educators, some are journalists, some are therapists, some are leaders, some are advocates. All are her advocates, and her chosen extended family.
But this is remarkable Kristen’s remarkable day. Her army of love didn’t do this, she did it. And she did it her way, dammit.
Kristen Marcroft is engaged in the practice of law in the State of Connecticut. I get to practice with her.