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Assistant Public Defenders: Spring Class 2022
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks dedicated and client-centered litigators for its Spring Class to serve as Assistant Public Defenders in locations throughout the State of Maryland. An Assistant Public Defender combines their demonstrated commitment with their strong and zealous litigation skills to provide exceptional representation on behalf of their clients. Candidates with limited/moderate amount of criminal trial experience interested in joining OPD to do criminal trial work are invited to apply (please note timeline outlined below). Offers will be made for specific jurisdictions based on OPD’s needs and the candidate’s stated geographic limitations and preferences. OPD’s 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. Learn more about our mission and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Zealous representation of indigent defendants charged with misdemeanor criminal and traffic matters.
  • Ability to competently and resourcefully prepare for and manage an active caseload; including, but not limited to the handling of bail review hearings, District Court trials, preliminary hearings, violation of probation hearings, and modification of sentence hearings.
  • Effectively and compassionately communicate with clients, colleagues, and providers for optimal client outcome.
  • Continuously seek professional development through trainings, continuing legal education and trial skills courses.
Core Competencies and Requirements:
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving communities who have been pushed to the margins. 
  • Clear dedication to upending systemic racism, prejudice, and unfairness in the criminal justice system.
  • Compassion.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people with different backgrounds and lived experiences. 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, diverse, team-oriented environment.
  • Exceptional organizational, legal, and administrative skills necessary to handle a high caseload.
  • Some criminal trial experience or exposure is preferred.
  • All offers will be contingent on membership in good standing with the bar in advance of the scheduled start date.
  Spring Class
Start Date
March, 2022 (or earlier)[1]
Placement Offers will be made for a specific jurisdiction and will take into account the candidate's stated preferences.
Bar Membership
  • Selected candidates must be a member of a bar prior to the start date with OPD.
  • Non-Maryland attorneys must commit to becoming a member of the MD bar within 18 months of start date.
Close Date 11.12.21 (offers extended on a rolling bases)
[1] Are you barred and available to start before March, 2022? Apply to the Spring Class and let us know your availability on the application form.
Position: Assistant Public Defenders: Spring Class 2022
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Linthicum Heights,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 9/16/2021
Date Posted: 9/17/2021
Requirements 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) a list of three references, and (4) a law school transcript (unofficial or official). In the subject line of the email please indicate “Assistant Public Defender: 2022.” In the body of your email indicate which class/classes you wish to be considered for. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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: 12/16/2021
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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