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Assistant Public Defender: Felony Division, Baltimore City (District I)
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks an experienced and impassioned advocate to serve in the Felony Division in Baltimore City, Maryland. This position requires exceptional trial skills, innovative thinking, investigative skills, and the ability to work independently in managing an active felony caseload. Attorneys work in conjunction with social workers 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. The projected start date for this position is flexible but ideally will be in early 2022.
 
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.
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Represents clients at motions hearings and trials in felony cases as assigned.
  • Ensure clients are consistently heard and respected. 
  • Prepares for litigation through review of legal documents and case information, analysis of evidence, witness interviews, and preparation of witnesses for litigation.
  • Conducts legal research and analysis including changes in laws, legislation, procedural rules, court decisions, and case precedents in preparation of trial and to determine/ anticipate legal problems and propose resolutions.
  • Drafts and prepares reports, memoranda in opposition, briefs, legal documents, motions, correspondence for clients.
  • Effectively, proactively, and compassionately communicate with clients, family members, team members, colleagues, and service providers to ensure optimal outcomes and resolve challenges in an open, constructive, and professional manner.
  • Counsels and advises clients on changes in law, court decisions, and legal issues.
  • Negotiates with prosecutors and other parties to establish agreements to resolve cases favorably for the client.
  • Provides post-representation follow-up with the client regarding matters such as client release, and other appropriate collateral issues.
  • Competently, independently, and resourcefully manage a full caseload.
  • Continuously seek professional and personal development through trainings, CLEs, 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.
  • Criminal trial experience required (minimum of five years) including significant felony jury trial experience.
  • Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another state by start date.Attorneys barred in another state must become members of the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start date. 
Position: Assistant Public Defender: Felony Division, Baltimore City (District I)
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Linthicum Heights,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 11/10/2021
Date Posted: 11/10/2021
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, (3) list of references, and (4) writing sample.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “Felony Division, Baltimore City.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
 
Closing Date:  December 3, 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: 2/8/2022
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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