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The Innocence Project Director
Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) advocates statewide for securing justice, protecting civil rights, and preserving liberty. We are 900+ employees strong and have been the voice of the voiceless across Maryland since 1972. OPD operates the Innocence Project Clinic in collaboration with the University of Baltimore School of Law (UB). The Innocence Project Clinic (IPC) works to exonerate the innocent, provide resources and holistic support to the exonerated, and prevent future wrongful convictions through education and policy reform. The Innocence Project Clinic screens over 200 cases annually to assess whether an innocence claim may have a viable wrongful conviction claim. OPD’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 OPD’s mission.   
The University of Baltimore School of Law (UB), with its nationally-ranked clinical law program, educates students to become exceptional and principled lawyers; to contribute to local, national and international discourse about the law and legal institutions; and to promote efforts to achieve justice in local, national, and international communities. As an urban law school, we value diversity, academic excellence, and public service, and seek to improve the legal system and the quality of people’s lives.   
Overview of the Position
The IPC Director is a unique and collaborative position within OPD and the legal academy. Within UB, the IPC Director will have the rank of Professor of the Practice, a non-tenured faculty position, and will run the Innocence Project Clinic teaching and supervising student attorneys who handle cases and advocate for reform within UB’s clinical law program. With respect to OPD, the IPC Director will report directly to the Public Defender and will provide Agency-wide support and strategic vision to innocence litigation. The IPC Director will work with OPD’s attorneys and staff both on individual cases as well as on broad reform goals. In collaboration with the Forensics Division, the IPC Director will serve as a resource and provide trainings to OPD attorneys and staff on relevant social science research (including coercive interrogation tactics, unreliable eyewitness identification practices), incorporating scientific research (including DNA testing) into legal arguments, and strategic ways to address newly discovered evidence. This position will be located in Baltimore, Maryland but may require local travel. 
To learn more about this opportunity, including responsibilities and qualifications, please visit our website at https://www.opd.state.md.us/attorneys/. 
Position: The Innocence Project Director
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Linthicum Heights,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 9/24/2020
Date Posted: 9/24/2020
Requirements If you wish to be considered for this position please click here to fill out the application and please submit the following materials in one email to opd-jobs.law@maryland.gov: (1) current resume or CV, (2) cover letter indicating your specific interest in the position and outlining the skills and experience that directly related to the position and the above qualifications, (3) list of a minimum of three references, and (4) any law school teaching evaluations. In the subject line of the email please indicate “Innocence Project Director.” Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Closing Date: October 28, 2020
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. Attorneys are full-time employees who serve at the pleasure of the Public Defender. Criminal Procedure Art., Section 16-203(d). Attorneys cannot engage in the private practice of law while in this position.
Status: This listing expires on: 12/23/2020
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Organization Information
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
839 Elkridge Landing Road, 4th Floor

Linthicum Heights,  MD 21090
United States
(240) 397-8728
Johanna Leshner