Rachel Bond is an assistant state public defender in the Office of the Minnesota Appellate Public Defender. She handles direct appeals to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court, and post-conviction matters in the district and appellate courts. In 2010 and 2011, Ms. Bond was the public defender representative on a federal grant that involved a systematic review, in collaboration with the Innocence Project of Minnesota, the Hennepin County Attorneys’ Office, and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, of old convictions to identify cases where modern DNA testing could lead to the exoneration of an innocent person. Ms. Bond also serves on the Appellate Practice Council of the Appellate Practice section of the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Before joining the public defender, Ms. Bond clerked for Judge Boyce F. Martin, Jr. in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and was a civil litigator in law firms in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis.