Hofstra Law alumnus Christopher “Chris” Czerwonka ’13, a senior fellow at the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy, an adjunct professor for Hofstra Law’s online Master’s in Health Law and Policy programs, and an advocate for LGBT and disability rights, was interviewed by the National LGBT Bar Association for a “Member Spotlight” profile on its website.
In the profile, Czerwonka speaks about the challenge of not looking like “your stereotypical lawyer,” the benefits he experiences as an LGBT Bar member, his dedication to social justice, and his interest in the intersection of LGBT and disability law.
Chris believes that presence at events like the Lavender Law® Conference and membership with the [LGBT] Bar are strong indications of both individual and organizational values.
“In this day and age, it makes a statement about who you are and what you value as an attorney,” he affirms. “It makes it very clear you do not intend to stay silent in the continuing undermining, subversion and at times destruction of rights that have been fought so hard for.”
This dedication to social justice is a big part of what drives Chris’s membership with the National LGBT Bar Association and his determination to stand with the entire LGBTQ+ community. “As a person with a disability, I find that it imposes more of an obligation to stand up where I see injustice and say, ‘No, this is wrong, and I will not stand by and let it happen,’ even if I’m not the one being mistreated at the moment, because I know what that feels like,” he says. “I won’t let others be victimized by individual people or by broader systems as a whole.”
Read the full profile on the LGBT Bar website.