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Supervising Attorney, Hybrid Unit Court: District V (Prince George's County)
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks a dynamic leader and litigator to serve as a Supervising Attorney in the Circuit Court Division of the Prince George’s County office. 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 unity 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.
Overview of the Position
The Supervising Attorney of the Circuit Court Division combines their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with their strong leadership skills to ensure the highest standard of client representation in a team-oriented environment. The Supervising Attorney will work in conjunction with other members of the leadership team in Prince George’s County (including the other Supervising Attorney for the Circuit Court Team) and will be involved in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Circuit Court Division and its staff. This position is in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Reports to the District Public Defender and Deputy District Public Defender.
  • Works closely with the other members of the leadership team to maintain a high standard of representation through ensuring accountability while fostering mentorship, teamwork, and communication.
  • Actively participates with the other members of the leadership team to maintain a high standard of representation while ensuring accountability, fostering mentorship, teamwork, and communication.
  • Supervises attorneys handling misdemeanor and felony cases as well as other professional and support staff.
  • Actively consults with attorneys regarding case preparation and trial strategy.
  • Monitors the distribution of cases, attorney caseloads, and attorney schedules to ensure optimal client outcomes.
  • Fosters a culture of excellence, resourcefulness, and zealousness amongst attorneys and staff.
  • Ensures accountability through the regular evaluation of attorney and staff performance.
  • Identifies, assesses, and cultivates talent amongst attorneys.
  • Organizes and conducts regular in-house training programs.
  • Collaborates with other Agencies and entities involved in the criminal justice system to help meet the needs of clients.
  • Works closely with the Training Division and other Statewide Divisions to ensure effective representation through the development of relevant policies, practices, and training.
  • Maintains an active caseload.
Training and Qualifications
  • Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive public defense work.
  • Substantial criminal litigation experience and strong litigation skills (A minimum of 5 years of felony trial experience strongly preferred).
  • Demonstrated leadership, mentorship, communication, supervisory, client advocacy, and management abilities.
  • Superior organization and communication skills.
  • Active membership in good standing with 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.
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, Supervising Attorney- $84,696.00-$123,655.00 (Grade 23: Step 1- Step 17)
Position: Supervising Attorney, Hybrid Unit Court: District V (Prince George's County)
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Upper Marlboro,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 12/30/2022
Date Posted: 12/16/2022
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 PDF attachment to opd-jobs.law@maryland.gov: (1) resume, (2) cover letter, and (3) list of four references. In the subject line of the email please indicate “Application for Hybrid Unit Supervising Attorney, District V”. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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
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.
Closing Date: January 31, 2023
Status: This listing expires on: 3/16/2023
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Organization Information
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
14735 Main Street, Suite 272B

Upper Marlboro,  MD 20772
United States
(240) 397-8728
Marie Figueroa Ocasio