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Supervising Attorney, Misdemeanor Division: Montgomery County

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks a dynamic leader and experienced litigator to serve as a Misdemeanor Supervisor in Montgomery County. The Supervising Attorney combines their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with their strong leadership skills to ensure the highest standard of client representation in a team-oriented environment. The Supervising Attorney will work in conjunction with other members of the leadership team in Montgomery County (including the other Supervising Attorney for the Misdemeanor Division) and will be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations. This position will primarily be located in Rockville, Maryland but will supervise attorneys in both the Rockville and Silver Spring offices. 


Our vision is for Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All and we are committed to our core values of a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and remain united as a team in achieving our mission. At OPD we use our legal education and experience to fight for justice and fairness, no matter what and we refuse to remain silent in the midst of human suffering. Our unique talents, identities, educational backgrounds, and perspectives guide us in representing our clients. We stand up against prejudice, systemic racism, and inequity in all of the spaces we occupy. OPD seeks candidates that will join us in providing compassionate, competent, zealous, and client-centered representation to all of our clients. Learn more about our mission and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

•Reports to the District Public Defender and Deputy District Public Defender.

•Works closely with the other members of the leadership team to maintain a high standard of representation through ensuring accountability while fostering mentorship, teamwork, and communication.

•Shares the responsibility of supervising, developing, and training all attorneys assigned to the Misdemeanor Division.

•Actively consults with attorneys regarding case preparation and trial strategy.

•Monitors the distribution of cases, attorney caseloads, and attorney schedules to ensure optimal client outcomes.

•Fosters a culture of excellence, resourcefulness, and zealousness amongst attorneys and staff.

•Ensures accountability through the regular evaluation of attorney and staff performance.

•Identifies, assesses, and cultivates talent amongst the Misdemeanor Division attorneys.

•Actively participates in the leadership team of the Montgomery County office. 

•Participates with leadership teams with interviewing and hiring new Misdemeanor Division attorneys.

•Works with other agencies and entities involved in the criminal justice system to help meet the needs of clients.

•Works closely with the Training Division and other Statewide Divisions to ensure effective representation through the development of relevant policies, practices, and trainings (including conducting regular in-house training programs).

• Coordinates with OPD attorneys from other Districts or Divisions to resolve client issues.

•Assists and supervises misdemeanor attorneys handling jury demands and appeals in the Circuit Court.

•Maintains a caseload.


Training and Qualifications

•Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive public defense.

•Commitment to addressing systemic inadequacies and inequities in the criminal justice system.

•Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, adversaries, clients and family members, irrespective of differences in backgrounds and lived experiences. 

•Exceptional organizational, legal, and administrative skills necessary to manage dynamic team and high volume caseload.

•Demonstrated leadership, mentorship, supervisory, client advocacy, and management abilities.

•Substantial criminal litigation experience and strong litigation skills (minimum 5 years preferred; experience litigating in Montgomery County District Court, indigent defense experience, and felony jury trial experience strongly preferred). 

•Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another State. If candidate is a member of the Bar of another State, the candidate must commit to becoming admitted to the Maryland Bar within 18 months of their start date. 

Position: Supervising Attorney, Misdemeanor Division: Montgomery County
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Linthicum Heights,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 7/8/2021
Date Posted: 7/8/2021

If you wish to be considered for this position please click here to fill out the application and please submit the following items in one email to opd-jobs.law@maryland.gov: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) list of references, and (4) writing sample.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “Misdemeanor Supervisor, District VI.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  


Closing Date:  August 2, 2021

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.  Assistant Public Defenders are full-time employees who serve at the pleasure of the Public Defender. Criminal Procedure Art., Section 16-203(d). Assistant Public Defenders cannot engage in the private practice of law while in this position.

Status: This listing expires on: 10/6/2021
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Organization Information
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
839 Elkridge Landing Road, 4th Floor

Linthicum Heights,  MD 21090
United States
(410) 691-1530
Johanna Leshner