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Under Oath: Ellen Schwarzenberg


Ellen Schwarzenberg is an attorney with the Office of the Public Defender.

Q. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A. Oh my! Being in a state of serenity. A quiet place with a good book.

Q. What is your greatest fear?
A. Loneliness; not being vital or engaged.

Q. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
A. I’m restless, but I guess it can be good or bad.

Q. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
A. Meanness! That was easy!

Q. What is your greatest extravagance?
A. Clothing! I am the queen of discount shopping; expensive brands at nominal prices!

Q. What is your favorite journey?
A. Living in Spain with my daughter when she was thirteen. We were there for four months. It was life-changing.

Q. Tell me just one thing about yourself that most people do not know.
A. I’m a closet writer. I guess I am out now! I am working on a never-ending piece of fiction.

Q. What do you dislike most about your appearance?
A. My feet, and they always hurt!

Q. Which words of phrases do you most overuse?
A. Alacrity.

Q. What is your greatest regret?
A. Not being able to do more to help and support people.

Q. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
A. My family.

Q. When and where were you happiest?
A. Each day, exploring something new and interesting.

Q. Which talent would you most like to have?
A. I would like to be a great writer. I’d say singer but my singing voice was, and is, so bad I was never allowed to participate in my elementary school choir!

Q. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing what would you like to be?
A. My daughter’s dog, Lulu. She is spoiled!

Q. What is your most treasured possession?
A. My great-grandmother’s ring.

Q. What is your favorite occupation?
A. Teachers. Where would we be without them?

Q. What is your most marked characteristic?
A. Not being a wallflower.

Q. What do you most value in your friends?
A. Faithfulness and support.

Q. Who are your favorite writers?
A. There are too many to name!

Q. Who are your heroes in real life?
A. President Obama and Elie Wiesel.

Q. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
A. Jean Valjean.

Q. What is your greatest accomplishment?
A. Helping others.

Q. How would you like to die?
A. Quickly and painlessly, and with everything in order.

Q. What is your motto?
A. Never give up.

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