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Position Information Message
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks an experienced attorney who will bring exceptional leadership, management, and excellent communication skills to the organization by serving as the Chief Attorney of the Felony Division of Baltimore City.  OPD’s Baltimore City office is a large urban public defender’s office with 200+ employees providing client-centered representation to juveniles and adults charged with misdemeanors and felonies in Baltimore City.  The Agency’s vision is for Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All. 
Overview of the Position
The Chief Attorney in the Felony Division combines their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with their strong leadership and litigation skills to ensure the highest standard of client representation in a team-oriented environment focused on a client-centered approach to representation. The Chief Attorney in the Felony Division is involved in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Division, including the supervision of attorneys and support staff.  This position is located at 201 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
•Reports directly to the District Public Defender and the Deputy District Public Defender for Baltimore City.
•Works closely with felony supervisors and Baltimore City Leadership to maintain a high standard of representation through ensuring accountability while fostering mentorship, teamwork, and communication.
•Supervises felony supervisors, felony attorneys, and other professional staff in the Felony Division.
•Actively consults with attorneys on case preparation and trial strategy.
•Monitors the distribution of felony cases and attorney caseloads to ensure optimal client outcomes.
•Identifies, assesses, and cultivates talent amongst attorneys in the Felony Division.
•Fosters a culture of excellence, resourcefulness, and zealousness amongst attorneys and staff.
•Supports and provides leadership for Felony Division staff through effective resource planning, work assignments, information exchange and setting Division goals.
•Serves as a mentor, coach and visible, approachable sounding board for attorneys and core staff.
•Cultivates excellence and professional development amongst attorneys and staff, including providing regular in-house training programs, and works with the Training Division and other Statewide Divisions to develop training programs; and
•When appropriate, maintains a limited caseload.
Training and Qualifications
  • Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive public defense;
  • Strategic planning, program implementation, and/or organizational management experience;
  • Leadership and management experience (3 year minimum leadership experience);
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of attorney supervision, training, professional development, and State personnel policies and procedures;
  • Ability to supervise relationships, including possessing the cultural competency skills necessary to effectively supervise a diverse staff;
  • Extensive criminal litigation experience and strong trial skills (7 years minimum, experience in large urban area strongly preferred); and
  • Active member in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another State. If 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.
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Baltimore,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 11/15/2019
Date Posted: 11/15/2019
Requirements To apply please click here to fill out the application form and please submit the following items in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us: (1) resume, (2) cover letter, and (3) list of references. In the subject line of the email please indicate “Chief Felony Attorney, Baltimore City.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Closing Date: December 18, 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.  Chief Defenders are full-time employees who serve at the pleasure of the Public Defender. Criminal Procedure Art., Section 16-203(d).  Chief Defenders cannot engage in the private practice of law while in this position.
Status: This listing expires on: 2/13/2020
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Organization Information
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
6 Saint Paul Street

Baltimore,  MD 21202
United States
Johanna Leshner