Assistant Public Defender: District II (Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties)
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks a dynamic and client-centered litigator to serve as an Assistant Public Defender in the District II office serving Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties located in the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The attorney in this position is expected to work independently in managing an active caseload while simultaneously working in a team-oriented environment focused on a client-centered approach to representation. Although District Two attorneys are primarily assigned to one of the four counties, all attorneys in the district must remain flexible to placement in any of the counties. The anticipated start date for this position will be early 2022. OPD will consider candidates at all experience levels.
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
•Zealous representation of clients at every stage of the criminal process.
•Ability to competently and resourcefully prepare for and manage an active caseload.
•Actively communicate with clients, team members, and resources for optimal client outcomes.
•Continuously seek professional development through trainings, continuing legal education, and trial skills courses.
Training and Qualifications
•Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive public defense.
•Criminal trial experience or exposure preferred but we will consider candidates at all experience levels.
•Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
•Ability to work independently, and effectively manage an active caseload.
•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.