Assistant Public Defender, District IV: St. Mary''s County
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks a zealous and dedicated litigator to serve as an Assistant Public Defender in St. Mary’s County Maryland. OPD provides superior representation to indigent clients throughout the State of Maryland. 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, tenacious advocacy, and are united as a team in achieving the Agency’s mission.
Overview of the Position
Assistant Public Defenders combine their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with strong and zealous litigation skills to provide exceptional representation on behalf of all their clients. The attorney in this position is expected to work independently in managing an active caseload while simultaneously working in a team-oriented environment focused on a client-centered approach to representation.
OPD will consider candidates from all experience levels for this position with a preference for candidates with criminal trial experience. Although the selected candidate will primarily be assigned to the St. Mary’s County office, members of the Southern Maryland team may, on occasion, transition to other offices within the District based on the needs of the District as a whole. OPD’s preference would be to have the selected candidate start with OPD as soon as practical.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
•Zealous and comprehensive representation of clients at every stage of the criminal process.
•Ability to competently and resourcefully manage an active caseload.
•Engage in resourceful problem solving.
•Actively communicate with clients, team members, and resources for optimal client outcomes.
•Continuously seek professional development through trainings, continuing legal education, and trial skills courses.
Training and Qualifications
•Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive public defense.
•Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
•Ability to work independently, and effectively manage an active caseload.
•Strong client advocacy and communication skills.
•Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another State.*