Miriam Conrad is the chief federal public defender for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Phode Island. She lead the defense team for Boston Marathon Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. She has been a federal public defender since 1992, following a career in journalism. She has worked in Boston’s federal public defender’s office since 2005. She worked for the Kansas City Times (now the Kansas City Star) and as a crime reporter for the Miami Herald before graduating from Harvard Law School. She has also defended Rezwan Ferdaus, an Ashland, Massachusetts, man who pled guilty to plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol and Pentagon in 2011.

She joined Callie Crossley to talk about the work of a public defender, and how her cohort of other female defenders has grown over the years.