Position Information

Position Information Message
OPD’s 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 unity in achieving our mission. At OPD we use our legal education and experience to fight for justice and fairness, 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.
Overview of the Position
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Parental Defense Division (PDD), is seeking an advocate and litigator to defend 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. PDD represents parents and/or legal guardians whose children have been removed or are at risk of being removed from their care and custody by the State. The attorney in this position will represent clients in adversarial proceedings from the initial Emergency Shelter Care Hearing to the Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) trial.
Assistant Public Defenders in the Parental Defense Division are critical thinkers with a demonstrated ability to apply legal analysis in an area of the law that may be unsettled. They must be willing to challenge the system with a healthy sense of outrage and be persistent in the face of ambiguity or outright resistance to their position. Assistant Public Defenders must be able to handle crises, a variety of personalities, and multitask in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment. We are hiring for our Baltimore County and Baltimore City locations. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.

Learn more at https://www.opd.state.md.us/attorneys
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Baltimore,  MD 
United States
Salary: $69,788-$100,000 (Dependent on Experience)
Posting Start Date: 8/31/2022
Date Posted: 8/31/2022
Requirements If you wish to be considered for one of these 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) resume, (2) cover letter, (3) list of references, and (4) law school transcript (if graduated within the last three years). In the subject line of the email please indicate “APD: Parental Defense Division.” Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Closing Date: September 26, 2022
The OPD is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Assistant Public Defenders 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: 11/29/2022
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Organization Information
Maryland Office of the Public Defender

Baltimore,  MD 21202
United States
Marie Figueroa Ocasio