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Patrick L. Wojahn
(August 23, 1975 - living) U.S.A.

Patrick L. Wojahn

Lawyer

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Born and raised in Wisconsin, Patrick moved to the D.C. area to attend Georgetown University Law Center in 1999, and graduated cum laude in May 2002. Since then, Patrick has worked as an attorney providing free representation to people who often cannot afford attorneys. From September 2003 through May 2005, Patrick worked for the Whitman-Walker Clinic representing people living with HIV/AIDS in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Since June 2005, Patrick has worked in Washington, DC, with University Legal Services, a disability rights organization, investigating complaints of abuse and neglect against people with mental illness and ensuring District officials provide appropriate services for some of the District's most disadvantaged residents.

Patrick has years of experience in management and leadership, having served on the Boards of Directors and as staff of various organizations advocating for people with disabilities and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and for protection of the environment. Patrick is a member of the ACLU, the Sierra Club, and Equality Maryland. Voters in District 1 of College Park elected Patrick to represent them in November 2007.

Patrick & DavePatrick's companion, Dave Kolesar (b. 1977), is a native resident of Prince George's County; he is an engineer at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Since 2000 they live together in College Park.

In 1996, Dave almost died from a rare infection in his sinuses that spread to his brain. Doctors at Johns Hopkins gave him only a five percent chance of survival. But Dave pulled through delicate brain surgery and he was told that he was the first known survivor of this uncommon condition.

Dave is healthy and fully functioning now. But doctors can't guarantee there won't be a recurrence of his condition or some other complication later in life. Not having the protections of marriage has heightened Patrick and Dave's fear that Patrick's right to care for and make medical decisions for Dave will not be recognized.

In 2007, Patrick proposed to Dave while they walked on the beach under the moonlight. Dave said yes, and they are now planning a wedding ceremony. They are both religious and attend Catholic mass at gay-friendly Dignity Washington.

Patrick and Dave share a love of music. On their first date they went to a folk band concert. Patrick plays guitar and piano. Dave's hobby is running an Internet radio station, http://www.wdavradio.com. They also enjoy traveling and the outdoors. Dave is a lifelong Marylander.

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