The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks zealous and dedicated litigators to serve as Assistant Public Defenders in Harford County, Maryland. OPD provides superior representation to indigent clients in criminal proceedings 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
An Assistant Public Defender combines 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. Assistant Public Defenders are expected to work independently in managing active caseloads while simultaneously working in team-oriented environments focused on a client-centered approach to representation. These positions will be located in Bel Air, Maryland.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
•Zealous representation of clients at every stage of the criminal process.
•Ability to competently and resourcefully prepare for and manage an active District Court 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.
•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.
•Exposure to the proceedings and pace of the District Court (litigation experience or judicial clerkship helpful).
•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.*