Krista Selnau is a fellowships senior portfolio manager at Equal Justice Works, where she oversees Fellows and stewards Fellowship sponsors on the East Coast. Krista received her B.A. summa cum laude from Curry College and earned her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, where was an active member of the Health Law Moot Court team.
Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Krista founded and managed the Veterans Medical-Legal Partnership at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Augusta, Maine with VA Maine Healthcare System. She practiced veterans law and coordinated Pine Tree’s veterans pro bono projects. She also served as Co-Chair of the Veterans Law Section in the Maine State Bar Association. From 2013–2015, Krista was an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Walmart and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and hosted by Legal Aid of Arkansas. Her Fellowship project expanded the Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s Medical-Legal Partnership to include a legal clinic focused on the unmet needs of children with cancer or sickle cell disease and their families. Before that, Krista co-founded and coordinated a pro bono medical-legal partnership for children in rural Northwest Arkansas.
Krista has guest lectured on medical-legal partnerships at Berkeley School of Law and Georgetown University. She has written about and presented extensively on medical-legal partnerships nationwide.
In her free time, she volunteers as a member of the Pro Bono and Public Interest Committee for the Washington Council of Lawyers and as a pro bono volunteer at various legal clinics in Washington, DC. She also volunteers at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp in Connecticut, for seriously ill children and their families. She enjoys rock climbing and running. As a survivor of childhood cancer and an amputee, Krista is passionate about empowering and supporting young people in achieving their goals.
Krista first became involved with Ms. JD as a presenter at Ms. JD’s 12th Annual Conference on Women in Law: When Women Lead and later as a Board Member. She served as Board Secretary in 2021 and currently serves as Board Chair.