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Supervising Attorney, Parental Defense Division (Southern Maryland)
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks a demonstrated leader and zealous litigator to serve as the Supervising Attorney in the Parental Defense Division for Southern Maryland.  The Southern Maryland Parental Defense Division represents parents whose children are taken or at risk of being taken by the Department of Social Services in Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s counties.  The Agency’s vision is for Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All.  Employees are committed to the core values of a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, and tenacious advocacy, and are united as a team in achieving the Agency’s mission.
Overview of the Position
A Supervising Attorney in the Parental Defense Division combines their strong leadership and litigation skills with their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients to ensure the highest standard of representation in a team-oriented environment that supports a client-centered approach to representation.  The Supervising Attorney in the Parental Defense Division would maintain a reduced caseload while supervising staff members handling matters in Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s counties (as well as back-up coverage in neighboring counties as needed).  This position is located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Identify, assess, and cultivate talent and litigation skills amongst Parental Defense attorneys.
  • Ensure accountability and excellence through regular observation, evaluation, and development.
  • Foster a culture of excellence, resourcefulness, and zealousness amongst attorneys and staff.
  • Handle administrative matters including but not limited to scheduling staff coverage and assigning conflict or overflow cases to panel attorneys. 
  • Develop strategies and means for advancing litigation and advocacy practices in the office.
  • Support and provide leadership to staff via work assignment, information exchange, and setting project goals.
  • Serve as a mentor, coach, and visible, approachable sounding board/resource.
  • Cultivate excellence and professional development amongst attorneys and staff, including providing regular in-house training programs, and working with the Parental Defense Division leadership as well as the Training Division to develop training programs.
  • Create and support modifications that promote efficiency and ensure the sustainment of people and processes.
  • Maintain an active caseload.
Training and Qualifications
  • Demonstrated commitment to zealous and effective client representation;
  • Demonstrated successful leadership and management experience;
  • Ability to supervise relationships, including possessing the cultural competency skills necessary to effectively supervise a diverse staff;
  • Substantial litigation experience and strong trial skills; experience in either CINA, Criminal, Juvenile, or Family (minimum of 5 years).  Mediation experience a plus; and 
  • Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another State. If the candidate is a member of the Bar of another state, the candidate must commit to becoming admitted to the Maryland Bar within 18 months of their start date.
Position: Supervising Attorney, Parental Defense Division (Southern Maryland)
Organization: Office of the Public Defender
Location: Baltimore,  MD 
United States
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Date Posted: 8/27/2019
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 attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) writing sample; and (4) list of three references.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “Supervising Attorney, Parental Defense: Southern Maryland.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Closing Date:  October 29, 2019
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.  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: 11/25/2019
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Organization Information
Office of the Public Defender
6 Saint Paul Street, Suite 1400

Baltimore,  MD 21202
United States
Johanna Leshner