Profile: prya.murad

Prya Murad is an Assistant Public Defender at the Office of the Public Defender, 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County, Florida. Prya has been a public defender since 2015 and has represented clients in misdemeanor and juvenile courts. Prya received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she was a Philip H. Corboy Fellow in Trial Advocacy and Health Law Fellow. In law school, Prya interned at the Cook County Public Defender's Office where she was awarded the Jack Carey Memorial Scholarship and authored the office's felony law clerk training guide, the Federal Defender Program of the Northern District of Illinois, and the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago. Prya earned her B.A. in Biology and Philosophy from Transylvania University where she was a William T. Young Scholar. Additionally, she received her M.Sc. in Biomedicine, Bioscience, and Society from the London School of Economics. Other than her wonderful job, Prya loves Aristotle, Beyoncé, and cheese.




On December 28, 2016, NAPD published its Open Letter to Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro for his prosecution of Orleans Public Defender investigator Taryn Blume. A bedrock principle of our criminal justice system is that every citizen accused by the government of a crime starts with the benefit of the doubt – with a presumption that they are in fact innocent.  That right becomes meaningless if we do not uphold the equally important right of every citizen-accused defense team who fights for her cause; who digs for evidence of her innocence; who exposes the government when it hides that evidence.  The legitimacy of our criminal justice system depends upon defense lawyers and defense investigators doing their jobs, and doing them well, without fear of reprisal from a prosecutor acting more like a bully than the champion of truth and justice he is supposed to be.


Last Chance to Register! The NAPD Executive Leadership Institute (ELI-2017) is almost full will will be held from 3:00 pm on April 2 through 11:45 am on April 5, 2017 at the Department of Public Advocacy training facility in Frankfort, KY. You can see more information and registration details HERE