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Assistant Public Defender: Appellate Division
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks a dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered advocate to serve as an attorney in its Appellate Division. An Assistant Public Defender in the Appellate Division provides superior representation for indigent criminal defendants, juvenile respondents in delinquency cases, and parents in child access cases during the appellate process before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the Maryland Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. An Assistant Public Defender combines their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with strong research, writing, and advocacy skills to provide exceptional representation. The Appellate Division is also in a unique position to influence the development of the law in Maryland and to advocate for systemic reforms.
We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply. The position allows for flexible work-from-home options, but weekly office presence is expected and travel to the appellate courts in Annapolis and to correctional facilities throughout the state will be required.
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 remaining united as a team 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.
  • Provide superior representation to clients throughout the appellate process, including identifying appellate issues, conducting thorough legal research, writing persuasive briefs and certiorari petitions, and presenting oral arguments.
  • Actively and effectively communicate with clients, their families, trial attorneys, court staff, and opposing counsel.
  • Ensure clients are consistently heard and respected.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of OPD to advance the interests of our clients.
  • Continuously seek professional development through trainings, continuing legal education, and advocacy courses.
  • Competently and resourcefully prepare for and manage an active caseload.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving communities who have been pushed to the margins. 
  • Dedication to upending systemic racism, prejudice, and unfairness in the criminal justice system.
  • Compassion for the clients and communities served by OPD.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people with different backgrounds and lived experiences.
  • Strong issue spotting, research, oral advocacy, and writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • 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. Attorneys barred in another state must become members of the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start date. OPD will consider individuals who sat for the July 2022 bar examination. If selected, offer will be extended contingent on membership to the bar in advance of the start date. Preference in the selection process will be given to candidates that are already a member of the bar.
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 I- $69,224.00-$97,418.00 (Step 2- Step 17)
Assistant Public Defender II- $79,677.00-$103,921.00 (Step 4- Step 17)
Assistant Public Defender III- $91,772.00-$110883.00 (Step 7- Step 17)
Position: Assistant Public Defender: Appellate Division
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Baltimore,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 9/21/2022
Date Posted: 9/21/2022
Requirements If you wish to be considered for the 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 “APD, Appellate Division.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Closing Date: October 20, 2022
Status: This listing expires on: 12/20/2022
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Maryland Office of the Public Defender
6 Saint Paul Street, 14th Floor

Baltimore,  MD 21202
United States
Marie Figueroa Ocasio