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Assistant Public Defender: Felony Division, Baltimore County
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks dedicated litigators to serve as Assistant Public Defenders in Baltimore County. OPD provides superior representation to indigent defendants 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 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. These positions will primarily be located in Towson, Maryland.
Required Core Competencies
  • Ability to handle all aspects of criminal cases and legal matters including the most complex felonies.
  • Ability to provide supervision from a “first chair” perspective to less experienced attorneys, and to conduct in-house training for fellow attorneys.
  • Ability to work independently and to recognize and resolve complex issues related to their workload.
  • Ability to handle multiple cases at various points of litigation. 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Represents the client in criminal legal matters, such as motions, pre/post trial hearings, jury/bench trials.
  • Prepares for litigation through review of legal documents and case information, analysis of evidence, witness interviews, and preparation of witnesses for litigation.
  • Conducts legal research and analysis including changes in laws, legislation, procedural rules, court decisions, and case precedents in preparation of trial and to determine/anticipate legal problems and propose resolutions.
  • Drafts/reviews, proposes and prepares reports, memoranda in opposition, briefs, legal documents, motions, correspondence, and appeals for clients.
  • Counsels and advises clients on changes in law, court decisions, and legal issues.
  • Conducts plea negotiations with prosecutors to establish agreements to resolve cases favorably for the client.
  • Provides post-representation follow-up with client regarding matters such as client release, and other appropriate collateral issues.
Training and Qualifications
  • Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive public defense.
  • Felony jury trial experience required; a minimum of three years complex felony criminal trial experience preferred.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated client advocacy and communication skills.
  • Active membership 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.
Position: Assistant Public Defender: Felony Division, Baltimore County
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: Felony, 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.  Supervising Attorneys are full-time employees who serve at the pleasure of the Public Defender. Criminal Procedure Art., Section 16-203(d).  Supervising 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