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Experienced Attorney: Felony Division, Baltimore City (District 1)
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 no later than February 1, 2023. 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 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
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Ability to handle all levels of criminal cases and legal matters including the most complex felonies and high profile cases. 
  • Ability to provide supervision from a “first chair” perspective to less experienced attorneys, and to conduct in-house training for fellow attorneys.
  • Ability to work independently and to recognize and resolve complex issues related to their workload.
  • Represents the client in legal matters, such as motions, hearings, litigation, and appeals.
  • 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/reviews, proposes and prepares reports, memoranda in opposition, briefs, legal documents, motions, correspondence, and appeals for clients.
  • Counsels and advises client on changes in law, court decisions, and legal issues.
  • Conducts plea negotiations 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.
Training and Qualifications
  • Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive public defense.
  • Felony jury trial experience required; a minimum of three years of complex felony criminal trial experience preferred.
  • Compassion.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people with different 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.
  • 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. 
Salary And Benefits:
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. 
Assistant Public Defender III- $91,772.00-$110883.00 (Step 7- Step 17)
Position: Experienced Attorney: Felony Division, Baltimore City (District 1)
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Baltimore,  MD 
United States
Salary: $91,000-$110,883.00 (Dependent on Experience)
Posting Start Date: 8/31/2022
Date Posted: 8/31/2022
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: September 28, 2022

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender 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). Assistant Public Defenders cannot engage in the private practice of law while in this position.
Status: This listing expires on: 11/29/2022
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Maryland Office of the Public Defender

Baltimore,  MD 21202
United States
Marie Figueroa Ocasio