A former New Ulm resident was appointed Chief Public Defender in Hennepin County last week. Mary Moriarty, the daughter of Patrick Moriarty, previously worked as a public defender in New Ulm. She did not decide to pursue a law career until after she started college. She graduated from Macalester College with a double major in political science and history, before heading to law school. She is now in charge of 140 public defenders, and also works closely with Gideon’s Promise, a program that seeks to strengthen and train public defenders.