Assistant Public Defender: Immigration Attorney
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks a dynamic, dedicated attorney to serve on our immigration team providing support to our attorneys and staff in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky
. All OPD employees are committed to the core values of a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and are united as a team in achieving the Agency’s mission.
We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply. 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 who 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
Overview of the Position
An Immigration Attorney with OPD combines their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with their understanding of immigration law to provide support and advice to public defenders regarding any possible immigration consequences. The attorney in this position will work closely with other staff in the Immigration Division, and independently provide support (in the form of both training and case consultation) to Maryland Assistant Public Defenders and staff regarding the intersection of immigration law and the criminal justice system. The attorney in this position is not expected to represent individuals either in criminal court or in immigration court. This is a statewide wide position with remote and office hours (hybrid).
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of and in coordination with the Chief of the Immigration Division, the attorney in this position will:
Core Competencies and Requirements:
- Provide advice to public defenders on the immigration consequences of clients’ criminal charges and convictions, and wherever possible, provide strategic guidance on ameliorating those consequences.
- Produce written practice advisories and other educational materials regarding immigration law and criminal consequences for our public defenders.
- Prepare materials for and conduct educational sessions for OPD attorneys and others as appropriate (e.g., intake staff, panel attorneys, social workers).
- Expand and strengthen ties with the OPD Immigration Liaisons (currently approximately 50 full time public defenders working in offices statewide).
Salary And Benefits:
- 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.
- 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 work independently and remotely.
- Exceptional organizational, legal, and time management skills.
- Immigration law experience, particularly expertise immigration consequences of crimes.
- Criminal defense experience or exposure (strongly preferred).
- Spanish language fluency (preferred).
- Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another state. Attorneys barred in another state must become members of the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start date.
Salary is dependent on experience and salary rules will apply to State of Maryland employees. Please visit the State of Maryland Employee’s
page to review benefit information.