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Assistant Public Defender: Juvenile Division, Anne Arundel County
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks a zealous and dedicated litigator with an interest in developing a long term commitment to juvenile defense to provide consistent representation to juveniles and emerging adults in delinquency, waiver, and transfer proceedings and jury trials in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
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. Learn more about our mission and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Overview of the Position
OPD is looking for an attorney with the desire to provide holistic and comprehensive representation for juvenile clients. The Juvenile Defender in this position will provide consistent client-centered representation to their clients throughout the progression of a case, which may include representing their clients at intake, detention, adjudicatory, violation of probation, and review hearings in juvenile court, at transfer and waiver proceedings, and/or in jury trials. This vertical client-centered representation model, including post-dispositional advocacy, leads to the development of deep and lasting client relationships and continuity of representation across years and cases. The position requires innovative thinking, investigative skills, and the ability to work independently in managing an active juvenile caseload. Attorneys work in conjunction with social workers, experts, and core staff in a team-oriented environment. Attorneys must be able to balance a client-centered approach to representation with advocacy to address systemic inequity and the collateral consequences that lead to deeper system involvement. This position will commence in early 2022 and will be located in Annapolis, Maryland.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Represent juvenile and emerging adult clients at intake, detention, adjudicatory, violation of probation, and review hearings in juvenile court, at transfer/waiver hearings, at jury trials, and perform post-dispositional advocacy.
• Work as part of a holistic representation team, including social workers, core staff, and medical and forensic experts.
• Competently, independently, and resourcefully manage an active caseload.
• Appropriately and effectively communicate with clients, family members, supervisors, team members, and community resource providers for optimal client outcomes.
• Represent clients in administrative matters including educational hearings, school disciplinary appeals, and conditions of confinement and institutional hearings.
• Work to identify and advocate for solutions to systemic issues.
• Investigate, develop, and litigate novel and cutting edge Constitutional arguments in order to advance and expand the rights of young people in contact with the juvenile justice system.
• Take proactive steps to communicate with clients, attorneys, community partners, and other agency employees to resolve challenges in an open, constructive, and professional manner.
• Continuously seek professional development through training, continuing legal education, and trial skills courses.
Training and Qualifications
• Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive defense practice, including the ability to represent clients in juvenile, criminal, and administrative hearings.
• Passion for gaining knowledge, training, and experience related to adolescent development, neuroscience, education, mental health treatment, and best practices for juvenile rehabilitation. 
• Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including possessing the cultural competence necessary to collaborate with diverse stakeholder groups. Proven expertise communicating with children and adolescents preferred.
• Exposure to criminal and/or delinquency proceedings (e.g. clerkship, fellowship, clinical program, or internship)
• Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another State. OPD will consider candidates who sat for the July Bar who are awaiting results. Offers will be made contingent on admission to the Maryland Bar in advance of the start date. Individuals who are members of the Bar of another State must be admitted to the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start date. 
Position: Assistant Public Defender: Juvenile Division, Anne Arundel County
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Linthicum Heights,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 11/2/2021
Date Posted: 11/2/2021
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 addressing the above qualifications, and (3) a list of references.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “APD: Juvenile Division, Anne Arundel County.” Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Closing Date:  November 29, 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: 1/31/2022
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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