TaShun Bowden-Lewis, Connecticut's chief public defender, makes a hand gesture while sitting at a table in her office, speaking to a reporter in close distance.

Chief Public Defender TaShun Bowden-Lewis speaks with The Connecticut Mirror while sitting in her Hartford office. “There have been a lot of ups and downs in regards to how people perceive me and what I’m trying to do to help the clients, the communities that we serve,” she recently said. Shahrzad Rasekh / CT Mirror