Krisztina Szabo

Partner Profile: Krisztina Szabo

Krisztina Szabo is a staff attorney with Whitman-Walker Health, an unwavering advocate of the LGBTQ community for nearly 40 years. June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and we would like to recognize Krisztina for her tireless work in providing free legal assistance to DC’s LGBTQ community. (You can also read about her organization, ​Whitman-Walker Health, in this month’s Grantee Spotlight.)

Krisztina Szabo

Staff Attorney

Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services

Years on the Job
Almost 3 years

Little known fact about your organization
Many of our Legal Services clients are not Whitman-Walker Health patients

Where did you grow up?
Hungary and South Carolina

What brought you to DC?
AU WCL’s Law & Government LLM program

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
Staff Attorney at Ayuda, which confirmed that I love direct services work.


Daily Habit
Cuddling with my cat, Sheldon.

Favorite app

Favorite Movie
Forrest Gump

Favorite Restaurant
Le Diplomate

Favorite Vacation Spot
Aruba or Paris

Guilty Pleasure
Anything sweet, especially macaroons

One Item from your Bucket List
Swimming with manatees

Travelling/travel planning and balcony gardening

Mom, clients, mentors, and Justice Sotomayor & RBG

News Source(s)
Al Jazeera, MSNBC, WaPo, and NPR

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
Coffee and kindness

You get to paint a mural on the side of the White House. What do you paint?
The Constitution, in bold print


Biggest failure and what you learned
Overplanning can inhibit flexibility & creativity

Most rewarding element of your work
Seeing my clients thrive

List three main challenges you faced early on in your career
Fear of being wrong, time management, and overplanning

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a…
Teacher or a foreign service officer

If I weren’t working at Whitman-Walker, I would be…
Working at another legal services organization


Legal aid is important to me because . . .
It is a conduit for equity

Your dream for our legal system is…
A more diverse judiciary and law enforcement

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
Access to public benefits and housing


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