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Attorney Trainer, Training Division
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks a dynamic and collaborative leader to serve as Attorney trainer within the Training Division. OPD is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) advocates statewide for securing justice, protecting civil rights, and preserving liberty. We are 900+ employees strong and have been amplifying the voices of marginalized clients and communities across Maryland since 1972. Our work spans criminal, juvenile, parental defense and involuntary commitment proceedings. 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. Learn more about our mission and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Overview of the Position
The Attorney trainer is responsible for developing and implementing training, materials and continuing legal education (CLE) programming for OPD’s staff and panel attorneys. The Training Division provides high quality training programs for all MOPD employees.  Our New Hire Training program is the first Gideon’s Promise, Inc. Certified in house public defender office training.  The Training Division is also responsible for our Justice For All Annual Conference which takes place over three days and provides training for all attorney practice areas and skill levels, social workers, and core staff.  The annual conference takes place every Spring and typically offers over 50 unique sessions from OPD and nationally known presenters. Additionally, the Training Division hosts an annual Juvenile Summit for all Juvenile Defenders that takes place every fall, and we collaborate regularly with the Forensics Division, Forensic Mental Health, Mental Health, Social Work and our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Director to provide ongoing training and conferences throughout the year. We also work with individual offices in response to their training requests and needs to ensure that all OPD employees can carry out our mission statement.  This is a statewide wide position with remote and office hours.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develops and implements New Hire Training Program for Fall and Spring classes, including return training.
  • Develops and implements training for the leadership team.
  • Creates new and innovative Training materials and programming for attorneys based on assessments, feedback, and specific requests from attorneys.
  • Facilitates mentorship program for the entire agency.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of a one-day conference every six (6) months for new hires trained within the last three years.
  • Support training programs for the Forensic Mental Health and Parental Defense Division.
  • Collaborates with Juvenile Defenders to develop an annual two-day Juvenile Summit
  • Organizes shared drives for the Training Division
  • Maintains shared calendar for the Training Division
  • Work with the Training Division and other Statewide Divisions to develop training programs to cultivate excellence and professional development.
  • Support the training programs of other divisions within OPD.
  • Review requisition for District and Division led CLE programs.
  • Assets request for approval of CLE our offered by non-MOPD organizations
  • Performs other duties as determined by the Director of Training.
Core Competencies and Requirements:
  • Demonstrates leadership abilities, including management & supervisory abilities.
  • Background in training public defenders, group facilitation, giving presentations (virtual and in person), and training curriculum development.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, adversaries, and others irrespective of differences in backgrounds and lived experiences.
  • Strong teamwork and relationship building skills with a collaborative approach to working with others.
  • Amenable to learning new skills and possess an ability to adapt to quickly changing environments.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to serving communities who have been pushed to the margins.
  • Ability to work independently and remotely.
  • Flexibility with work hours and travel to various locations.
  • Prior experience practicing law as a public defender.
  • Completed the Gideon’s Promise, Inc. Core 101 training, previously trained as Gideon’s Promise Faculty, or highly knowledgeable about the Core 101 Gideon’s Promise, Inc. training model and philosophy.
  • Highly proficient in utilizing Zoom, Google Suite Operations, and PowerPoint.
  • 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. 
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: $79,343.000- $127,637.00 (Grade 22, Steps 1-22)

Position: Attorney Trainer, Training Division
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Linthicum Heights,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 12/30/2022
Date Posted: 12/30/2022
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) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) a list of references. In the subject line of the email please indicate “Application for Attorney Trainer.”  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, 410-767-8503 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.
Status: This listing expires on: 3/30/2023
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Organization Information
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
839 Elkridge Landing Road, 4th Floor

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