Position Information

Position Information Message
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks zealous and dedicated litigators to represent young people in both delinquency and criminal matters in our Baltimore City office.  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.
Position Overview & Primary Responsibilities
OPD Juvenile Defenders provide consistent client-centered representation to their clients from their first court appearance through their entire case. This vertical representation model leads to deep and lasting client relationships and continuity of representation across years and cases. 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 successful candidate will:

  • Represent youth at arraignment, adjudication, disposition, and post-disposition hearings.
  • Represent clients in administrative matters related to conditions of confinement and access to treatment.
  • Work to identify and advocate for solutions to systemic issues.
  • Work collaboratively with social workers and core staff to assist clients and their families in matters related to housing, education, school discipline, mental health, and other collateral matters that contribute to deepening system involvement.
  • Investigate, develop, and litigate novel and cutting-edge Constitutional arguments in order to advance and expand the rights of young people in contact with the juvenile justice system.
  • Competently and resourcefully prepare for and manage an active caseload.
  • Effectively, proactively, and compassionately communicate with clients, family members, team members, colleagues, community resources, and service providers to ensure optimal outcomes and resolve challenges in an open, constructive, and professional manner.
  • Continuously seek professional and personal development through trainings, CLEs, and trial skills courses.
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-$127,637.00 (Grade 22: Step 6-Step 22)
Core Competencies and Requirements
  • Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive defense practice, including the ability to represent clients in juvenile, criminal, and administrative hearings.
  • Knowledge, training, and experience related to adolescent development, neuroscience, education, mental health treatment, and best practices for juvenile rehabilitation. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of with different backgrounds and lived experiences. Proven expertise communicating with children and adolescence preferred.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, diverse, team-oriented environment.
  • Exceptional organizational, legal, and administrative skills necessary to handle a high caseload.
  • Criminal trial and/or experience representing juveniles preferred.
  • Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another State by start date.[1]
[1]To be eligible for these positions you must be admitted to the bar in advance of December 2022. Accordingly, most current law students are not eligible. For candidates awaiting bar results, offers will be made contingent on admission to a bar in advance of the set start date. Attorneys barred in another state must become members of the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start date. 
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Baltimore,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 11/30/2022
Date Posted: 11/3/2022
Requirements If you wish to be considered for one of these positions please click here to fill out supplemental questionnaire 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, (4) writing sample, and (5) transcript (if graduated from law school within the past 3 years).  In the subject line of the email please indicate “Application for APD: Juvenile Division, District I.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

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.

As a State agency, Maryland Office of the Public Defender (MOPD) is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. MOPD is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. 

All applicants must be able to communicate with clients and visitors and possess the ability to complete tasks in a fast-paced work environment.  Applicants must be able to work in various positions, and travel to various courtrooms and office environments throughout the state. MOPD is further committed to providing equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs and activities by modifying or adjusting the job application process or the job or work environment to make reasonable accommodations to the known applicant or employee to enable the applicant or employee be considered for the position they desire; to perform the essential functions of the position in question; or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by other similarly situated employees without disabilities, unless the accommodation imposes an undue hardship. 

Applicants must be able to operate a computer and other office equipment. Applicants must have access to a motor vehicle or be able to navigate public transportation. If a reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact Tawanda Jackson, Human Resources Supervisor, at 410-767-8503 or tawandal.jackson@maryland.gov

Status: This listing expires on: 2/1/2023
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Organization Information
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
6 Saint Paul Street, 14th Floor

Baltimore,  MD 21202
United States
(240) 397-8728
Durriyyah Hollimon