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Experienced Attorneys (Positions Across the State of Maryland)
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks experienced and zealous litigators to serve in locations throughout the State of Maryland. The positions require 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. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.
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 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
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Represents clients in legal matters, to include bail hearings, motions hearings, trials and appeals in felony cases.
  • Ensure clients are consistently heard and respected. 
  • 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 and prepares reports, memoranda in opposition, briefs, motions, correspondence, and appeals for clients.
  • Effectively and compassionately communicate with clients, team members, colleagues, and service providers to ensure optimal outcomes for clients.
  • Counsels and advises clients on changes in law, court decisions, and legal issues.
  • Negotiates 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.
  • Competently, independently, and resourcefully manage a full caseload.
  • Continuously seek professional and personal development through trainings, CLEs, and trial skills courses.
  • 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 from different backgrounds and 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.
  • Criminal trial experience required. Felony jury trial experience (experience handling complex criminal jury trials where clients are facing the possibility of a life sentence) preferred.
  • Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another state.[1] 
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- $72,340.00-$112,091.00 (Grade 20: Step 2- Step 22)
Assistant Public Defender II- $83,263.00- $119,591.00 (Grade 21: Step 4- Step 22)
Assistant Public Defender III- $94,113.00-127,263.00 (Grade 22: Step 6- Step 22)
[1] Attorneys barred in another state must become members of the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start date.
Position: Experienced Attorneys (Positions Across the State of Maryland)
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Baltimore,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 1/30/2023
Date Posted: 10/31/2022
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) a list of references, and (4) writing sample (required only for attorneys with 3+ years of experience pursuing a felony position). 1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) list of references, and (4) writing sample.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “Application for Experienced Attorneys.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
CLOSING DATE:  Open until filled
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: 1/29/2023
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Organization Information
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
839 Elkridge Landing Road, 4th Floor

Baltimore,  MD 21202
United States
(240) 397-8728
Marie N. Figueroa Ocasio