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Supervising Attorney, Parental Defense Division: Baltimore County
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Parental Defense Division (PDD), seeks a demonstrated leader and zealous litigator to serve as the Supervising Attorney in the Parental Defense Division for Baltimore County, Maryland.  The Baltimore County Parental Defense Division defends parents and legal guardians in cases in which the State initiates legal action to separate a family in Child In Need of Assistance/Termination of Parental Rights (CINA/TPR) proceedings. Attorneys represent clients in adversarial proceedings from the initial Emergency Shelter Care Hearing to the Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) trial. A Supervising Attorney combines their strong leadership and litigation skills with their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients to ensure the highest standard of representation in a team-oriented environment that supports a client-centered approach to representation. The Supervising Attorney in the Parental Defense Division would maintain a reduced caseload while supervising staff members handling matters in Baltimore County (as well as back-up coverage in neighboring counties as needed). This position is located in Towson, Maryland.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Identify, assess, and cultivate talent and litigation skills amongst Parental Defense attorneys.
  • Ensure accountability and excellence through regular observation, evaluation, and development of staff.
  • Foster a culture of excellence, resourcefulness, and zealousness amongst attorneys and staff.
  • Handle administrative matters including but not limited to scheduling staff coverage, assigning conflict or overflow cases to panel attorneys, collaborating with other OPD divisions in the shared office building, and meeting regularly with the bench and other stakeholders to address systemic issues and procedures.
  • Develop strategies and means for advancing litigation and advocacy practices in the office.
  • Support and provide leadership to staff via work assignment, information exchange, and setting project goals.
  • Serve as a mentor, coach, and visible, approachable sounding board/resource.
  • Collaborate with other PDD Supervising Attorneys on matters including management issues and solutions, attorney training, core staff management, and participation in seminars, conferences, and committees.
  • Cultivate excellence and professional development amongst attorneys and staff, including providing regular in-house training programs, and working with the Parental Defense Division leadership as well as the Training Division to develop training programs.
  • Create and support modifications that promote efficiency and ensure sustainment of people and processes.
  • Assist Chief with developing, promoting, and advancing the PDD’s strategic goals.
  • Maintain an active caseload.
  • Collaborate with PDD social workers, criminal defense attorneys, parent advocates, and others as part of a multidisciplinary defense team.
  • Ensure clients are consistently heard and respected. Be non-judgmental and empathetic of clients who present with challenges and/or barriers.
  • Effectively and compassionately communicate with clients, colleagues, and service providers to ensure optimal outcomes for clients. 
 Core Competencies and Requirements
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving people and communities who have been marginalized. . 
  • Demonstrated successful leadership and management experience.
  • Ability to supervise relationships, including possessing the cultural competency skills necessary to effectively supervise a diverse staff.
  • Clear dedication to upending systemic racism, prejudice, and unfairness.
  • Strong communication and client advocacy skills.
  • Compassion and empathy.
  • 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.
  • Ability to manage experienced staff members in a hybrid office environment.
  • Strong organizational, legal, and administrative skills.
  • Skill in using technology to communicate with staff, clients, and court.
  • Substantial litigation experience and strong trial skills; experience in either CINA, Criminal, Juvenile, or Family (minimum of 5 years).  Mediation experience a plus.
  • Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another State. If candidate is a member of the Bar of another state, the candidate must commit to becoming admitted to the Maryland Bar within 18 months of their start date.
Position: Supervising Attorney, Parental Defense Division: Baltimore County
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Towson,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 12/21/2021
Date Posted: 12/21/2021
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 attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) writing sample; and (4) list of references.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “Supervising Attorney, Parental Defense: Baltimore County.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Closing Date: January 25, 2022
OPD 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. Supervising Attorneys are full-time employees who serve at the pleasure of the Public Defender. Criminal Procedure Art., Section 16-203(d). They cannot engage in the private practice of law while in this position.   
Status: This listing expires on: 3/21/2022
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Organization Information
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
200 Washington Avenue

Towson,  MD 21204
United States
(410) 691-1530
Johanna Leshner