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Assistant Public Defenders: Parental Defense Division
<div style="text-align: justify;">The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Parental Defense Division (PDD), is seeking advocates and litigators to defend parents and legal guardians in cases in which the State initiates legal action to separate a family in Child In Need of Assistance/Termination of Parental Rights (CINA/TPR) proceedings. PDD represents parents and/or legal guardians whose children have been removed or are at risk of being removed from their care and custody by the State. Attorneys represent clients in adversarial proceedings from the initial Emergency Shelter Care Hearing to the Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) trial.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> An Assistant Public Defender in the Parental Defense Division is a critical thinker with a demonstrated ability to apply legal analysis in an area of the law that may be unsettled. They must be willing to challenge the system with a healthy sense of outrage and be persistent in the face of ambiguity or outright resistance to their position.&nbsp; Assistant Public Defenders must be able to handle crises, a variety of personalities, and multitask in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment. We are hiring for both our Baltimore County and our Baltimore City offices. Selected candidates will start with OPD in the late fall or early winter, 2021.</div> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><u>Primary Duties and Responsibilities</u></strong> <ul> <li>Protect clients&rsquo; Constitutional rights to raise and rear their children.</li> <li>Defend clients against allegations of neglect and/or abuse.</li> <li>Zealously and compassionately advocate on behalf of clients at every stage of the proceeding.</li> <li>Engage in motions practice, legal research, and writing.</li> <li>Obtain, organize, and review voluminous records and documents to assist with preparing a defense.</li> <li>Develop and maintain client relationships over the extended life of the case.</li> <li>Collaborate with PDD social workers, criminal defense attorneys, parent advocates, and others as part of a multidisciplinary defense team.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Ensure clients are consistently heard and respected.&nbsp;Be non-judgmental and empathetic of clients who present with challenges and/or barriers.</li> <li>Effectively and compassionately communicate with clients, colleagues, and service providers to ensure optimal outcomes for clients.&nbsp;</li> <li>Continuously seek professional and personal development through training, continuing legal education, and trial skills courses.</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><u>Core Competencies and Requirements</u></strong> <ul> <li>Demonstrated commitment to serving communities who have been pushed to the margins.&nbsp;</li> <li>Clear dedication to upending systemic racism, prejudice, and unfairness.</li> <li>Compassion and empathy..</li> <li>Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people with different backgrounds and lived experiences.&nbsp;</li> <li>Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, diverse, team-oriented environment.</li> <li>Strong organizational, legal, and administrative skills necessary to handle a high caseload with short deadlines.</li> <li>Prior experience in litigation including, CINA/TPR, Criminal, Civil, Juvenile, or Family Law <em>(experience may include internships, law school clinical programs, or any other relevant experience).</em></li> <li>Strong communication and client advocacy skills.</li> <li>Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another state. OPD will consider recent law school graduates who sat for the July 2021 bar examination. If selected, offers will be extended contingent on membership to the bar in advance of the start date. Preference in the selection process will be given to candidates that are already a member of the bar. Attorneys barred in another state must become a member of the Maryland Bar within 18 months of the start date.</li> </ul> <div> <div id="ftn1">&nbsp;</div> </div>
Position: Assistant Public Defenders: Parental Defense Division
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Linthicum Heights,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 8/31/2021
Date Posted: 8/31/2021
Requirements <div style="text-align: justify;">If you wish to be considered for one of these position please <u><a href="https://forms.gle/DWhTHotPqRaSBTpA8">click here</a></u> to fill out the application and please submit the following items in one email to<u> <a href="mailto:opd-jobs.law@maryland.gov">opd-jobs.law@maryland.gov</a>:</u> (1) resume, (2) cover letter, (3) list of references, and (4) law school transcript (if graduated within the last three years). In the subject line of the email please indicate &ldquo;APD: Parental Defense Division.&rdquo; Please specify in your cover letter if you would like to be considered for a position in our Baltimore City office, our Baltimore County office, or both offices.&nbsp; Incomplete applications will not be considered.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Closing Date: September 23, 2021</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>The OPD 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). They cannot engage in the private practice of law while in this position. </strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div>
Status: This listing expires on: 11/29/2021
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Maryland Office of the Public Defender
839 Elkridge Landing Road, 4th Floor

Linthicum Heights,  MD 21090
United States
(240) 397-8728
Johanna C. Leshner