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Assistant Public Defenders: Various Positions

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered litigators to serve as Assistant Public Defenders in offices across Maryland. Assistant Public Defenders combine their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with their strong litigation skills to provide exceptional representation. Attorneys in these positions are expected to work independently in managing an active caseload while simultaneously working in a team-oriented environment focused on a client-centered approach to advocacy. The projected start date for these positions is spring/summer 2021 (OPD will consider candidates who are not available to start until September 2021; however, a preference will be given to candidates available to start earlier). At this time we are accepting applications for the following jurisdictions:


Baltimore City, Montgomery County, and St. Mary’s County: Candidates at all experience levels welcome to apply. Placement representing clients in felony or misdemeanor cases will be based on criminal trial experience. 


Howard, Carroll, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s and Baltimore Counties: Candidates with 0-3 years of experience welcome to apply for District Court positions with the Misdemeanor Division.

Our vision is for Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All and we are committed to our core values of a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and remain united as a team in achieving our mission. At OPD we use our legal education and experience to fight for justice and fairness, no matter what and we refuse to remain silent in the midst of human suffering. Our unique talents, identities, educational backgrounds, and perspectives guide us in representing our clients. We stand up against prejudice, systemic racism, and inequity in all of the spaces we occupy. OPD seeks candidates that will join us in providing compassionate, competent, zealous, and client-centered representation to all of our clients. Learn more about our mission and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Position: Assistant Public Defenders: Various Positions
Organization: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Linthicum Heights,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 4/1/2021
Date Posted: 4/1/2021

If you wish to be considered for  any of these 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, (3) a list of references; (4) law school transcript (if graduated in past 3 years); and (5) writing sample (if you are an experienced attorney). In the subject line of the email please indicate “Assistant Public Defender.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Closing Date:  April 30, 2021


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: 6/30/2021
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Maryland Office of the Public Defender
839 Elkridge Landing Road, 4th Floor

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