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.)
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.
Cuddling with my cat, Sheldon.
Favorite Vacation Spot
Aruba or Paris
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
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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