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Selina Kolsrud
Selina Kolsrud

2020 Unsung Legal Heroes: Selina Kolsrud

Sometimes, Selina Kolsrud walks witnesses or victims to the courthouse when they’re about to testify or make a victim impact statement. Other times, she sends them updates about their case, connects them with vital resources, or lends a supportive ear.

As the supervisory victim assistance specialist at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kolsrud does whatever she can to help victims or witnesses get through the criminal process despite what they’ve seen and experienced.

She’s been doing this type of work since 1999. “I believe that this is what I was called to do,” Kolsrud says.

What do you find the most rewarding or love best about working in the legal profession?

Helping individuals go through the criminal process that is oftentimes long and awful, and being there for them every step of the way — whatever that looks like.

What inspires you and motivates you to achieve your goals?

Seeing someone that, the first time I met them, they didn’t want to have any part of the process, and then fast forward to the end where they’re speaking their truth in a victim impact statement in court.

What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?

You can’t be a victim or a survivor’s only source of support. [You have to connect them] with resources or encourage them to have a friend to talk to.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

At this particular office, I don’t think people know I’ve completed an Ironman triathlon. That was in 2015, so shortly before I started here.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy going on adventures with family and friends. And running; I absolutely love to run! It helps me process the tough stuff that comes with the work I do.

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