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Assistant Public Defender: Baltimore County (District VIII)
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks a dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered litigator to serve as an Assistant Public Defender in Baltimore 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
An Assistant Public Defender combines their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with their 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.  The position will be primarily located in Towson, Maryland but will involve travel to all three District Court locations in Baltimore County for court.
 
Primary Duties
and Responsibilities
•Zealous representation of indigent clients charged with misdemeanor criminal and traffic matters.
•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.
•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.
•Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another state by start date. OPD will also consider applicants who will sit for the October 2020 Bar Examination. Should those applicants not successfully become members of the Bar at the time hiring decisions are made, they will no longer be considered qualified for this position. 
Position: Assistant Public Defender: Baltimore County (District VIII)
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 items in one email to opd-jobs.law@maryland.gov: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, and (3) list of three references.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “APD: Baltimore County.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
 
Closing Date: October 20, 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.  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: 12/23/2020
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Organization Information
Name:
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Address:
839 Elkridge Landing Road, 4th Floor

Linthicum Heights,  MD 21090
United States
Email:
opd-jobs.law@maryland.gov
Phone:
(410) 691-1530
Fax:
Contact:
Johanna Leshner