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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.
 
Position: Assistant Public Defender: District II (Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties)
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Linthicum Heights,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 10/26/2021
Date Posted: 10/26/2021
Requirements 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, and (3) a list of three references.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “APD, Lower Eastern Shore.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
 
Closing Date:  December 01, 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: 1/24/2022
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Organization Information
Name:
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Address:
839 Elkridge Landing Road, 4th Floor

Linthicum Heights,  MD 21090
United States
Email:
opd-jobs.law@maryland.gov
Phone:
(410) 691-1530
Fax:
Contact:
Johanna Leshner