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Assistant Public Defender I: Hiring 3Ls for 2023
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (MOPD) will be extending a limited number of offers to current third-year law students to join OPD in trial attorney positions upon admission to the Maryland Bar. MOPD seeks dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered attorneys to serve as Assistant Public Defenders in locations throughout the State of Maryland. Offers will be extended for specific regions of the state and will be extended based on the candidate’s asserted geographic preferences and limitations. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply. 
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is a statewide agency that provides superior representation to indigent clients at all stages of the criminal case including trial, appeal, and eligible post-conviction proceedings. Representation is provided through offices and services at 52 locations statewide with a workforce of approximately 1000 employees. At MOPD, we use our legal education and expertise to fight for justice and fairness, as tenacious advocates we refuse to remain silent amid human suffering. Our unique talents, identities, educational backgrounds, and perspectives guide us in providing superior representation to our clients. We stand firm against prejudice, systemic racism, and inequity in all communities and spaces.
MOPD’s mission focuses on Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All. Employees are committed to the core values of a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and function as a team united in achieving MOPD’s mission.  Learn more about the mission, public defense and our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Overview of the Position
Assistant Public Defender combines their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with their strong and zealous litigation skills to provide exceptional representation on behalf of all their clients. The attorneys in these positions are expected to work independently in managing active caseloads while simultaneously working in team-oriented environments focused on a client-centered approach to representation. Successful candidates for these positions will begin their employment with OPD in January 2025.
Primary Responsibilities
  • Zealous representation of indigent defendants charged with misdemeanor criminal and traffic matters.
  • Ability to prepare for and manage an active caseload; including, but not limited to the handling of bail review hearings, District Court trials, preliminary hearings, violation of probation hearings, and modification of sentence hearings competently and resourcefully.
  • Actively and effectively communicate with clients, their families, trial attorneys, court staff, and opposing counsel.
  • Continuously seek professional development through training, continuing legal education, and trial skills courses.
  • Other duties as assigned by the State Public Defender.
Core Competencies and Requirements
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving communities who have been pushed to the margins. 
  • Excellent research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Clear dedication to upending systemic racism, prejudice, and unfairness in the criminal justice system.
  • Compassion.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds and lived experiences. 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, diverse, team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Exceptional organizational, legal, and administrative skills necessary to handle a high caseload.
  • Some criminal trial experience or exposure is preferred.
  • All offers will be contingent on membership in good standing with the Maryland bar by December 2024.
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 - $84,225.00-$107,833.00 (Grade 20, Step 06 -Step 19)
Position: Assistant Public Defender I: Hiring 3Ls for 2023
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Baltimore,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 8/10/2023
Date Posted: 8/10/2023
Requirements If you wish to be considered, please click here to fill out the application and submit the following items in one PDF attachment through the Maryland State Government Job Openings Page: (1) a current resume, (2) a cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) a list of four professional references, and (4) a writing sample.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Assistant Public Defenders are full-time employees and cannot engage in the private practice of law while in this position. MD Code, Criminal Procedure Art., Section 16-203(d)(2).
As a State agency, the 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: 11/8/2023
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Organization Information
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
6 Saint Paul Street, 14th Floor

Baltimore,  MD 21202
United States
(410) 691-1530
Durriyyah Hollimon