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Column self going to Newport about an hour and a half away a few times a month, and that paid my rent and phone bill at the time. I did several trials that went well, and before I knew it I was managing three different contracts in three different counties and off I went. TC: Good for you – your hard work paid off! DM: Yes, hard work was certainly a key. I also think that good business practices, social networking, online presence and relationship building within the field have played a key role for me. I felt very fortu- nate to have those opportunities through the Defender General’s Office. I still do a lot of Defender General work and I appear in almost every county in the state. I contin- ue this work as it is fulfilling for me, I make a difference for people, both those who need help as well as for people within the court system. I wouldn’t choose anything else, it has been great. TC: You’ve developed an expertise in criminal defense work, and have had a lot of high profile criminal cases during your career. What do you find most satisfying about criminal defense work? DM: I get great satisfaction from the practice of law, from ensuring that justice is applied in a way that is equitable and fair. I told you that I was down in Middlebury; I will always remember the moment they as- s