ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER: PARENTAL DEFENSE DIVISION (BALTIMORE COUNTY & BALTIMORE CITY)
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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