Attorney Positions with OPD

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) recruits both entry-level and experienced trial attorneys.  For trial attorney positions newly admitted attorneys or attorneys with one to two years of experience start with OPD handling primarily District Court caseloads.  Attorneys in these positions start with OPD twice a year in classes (Fall and Spring) in positions across the state of Maryland.  We recruit separately for attorney positions with our specialized divisions (e.g. Post Conviction Defenders, Appellate, Juvenile), for experienced trial attorney positions, and for supervisory positions.   Please scroll down for more information regarding current recruitments for specialized divisions.

What we are looking for in members of our classes:  An Assistant Public Defender combines his/her demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with his/her strong and zealous litigation skills to provide exceptional representation on behalf of all his/her clients. The attorneys in these positions are expected to work independently in managing active caseloads while simultaneously working in team-oriented environments focused on a client-centered approach to representation. 

  • 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 one month prior to start date (so unfortunately, most current 3Ls are not eligible for these positions). Individuals who are members of the Bar of another State must be admitted to the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start date. OPD will also consider applicants for these position who are awaiting bar results. 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.

We anticipate that we will begin taking applications for the Spring Class of 2018 this fall.  We also anticipate making a limited number of offers for our Fall Class of 2018 this winter--we plan to begin taking applications for those positions this fall. 

We also anticipate taking applications from third year law students this fall.  Candidates who are successful in that process will start with OPD in January, 2019 and join the Spring Class of 2019.  Check back here for more information this fall.

Attorney Positions with OPD

 

Deputy District Public Defender: Baltimore City:  OPD seeks an experienced attorney who will bring exceptional leadership, management, and excellent communication skills to the organization by serving as the Deputy District Public Defender for District One (Baltimore City).  The Deputy will champion OPD’s mission, working collaboratively with the DPD, sharing responsibilities for executing District One policies and initiatives. These responsibilities include strategic planning, reporting and supervision of programs and the development of staff. As a critical member of the Leadership Team, s/he will assist with the management of the day-to-day operations and strategic planning for District One. The Deputy’s leadership will benefit the internal operations of District One, as well as playing the crucial role of advising the DPD on matters pertaining to these internal operations. This position will be located at 201 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. Click here to learn more about this position.

  • If you wish to be considered for this position please submit a: (1) current curriculum vitae, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) list of references, (4) writing sample (legal or nonlegal acceptable), and (5) applicant essay.  Please email all materials in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate "Deputy District Public Defender, District One." Incomplete applications will not be considered. CLOSING DATE: SEPTEMBER 5, 2017.

District Public Defender: Western Maryland (Allegany & Garrett Counties): (OPD) seeks an experienced, zealous, dedicated, and demonstrated leader to serve as the District Public Defender for District XII, serving Allegany and Garrett Counties. OPD’s Western Maryland office provides client-centered representation to juveniles and adults charged with misdemeanors and felonies in Allegany and Garrett Counties. The District Public Defender will lead the District XII management team and staff to ensure the exemplary operations of the District XII office and the highest standard of client representation.  The District Public Defender is involved in the day-to-day operations, supervision, and management of all District XII staff.    This position will be primarily located in Cumberland, Maryland.   Click here to learn more about this leadership position.

  • If you wish to be considered for this position please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, and (3) list of references.  All requested materials must be submitted electronically.  Please email all materials in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “District Public Defender, District XII.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  CLOSING DATE: August 11, 2017.

    Supervising Attorney: Cecil County (District III): OPD seeks a demonstrated leader and zealous litigator to serve as a Supervising Attorney in our Cecil County office. OPD’s Cecil County office is a busy, public defender office with approximately 10+ attorneys and staff. OPD provides superior representation to indigent defendants throughout the State of Maryland. A Supervising Attorney combines his/her 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. A Supervising Attorney is involved in the day-to-day operations and supervision of attorneys and support staff. This position is located in the Elkton District Court/Multi-Service Center at 170 E. Main Street Elkton, Maryland 21921.  Click here to learn more about this leadership position. 

    • To apply please submit a: (1) resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) list of references, (4) completed Applicant Essay.  The above items must be submitted electronically by emailing them, in one email, to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate "Supervising Attorney, District III (Cecil County)." Incomplete applications will not be considered. CLOSING DATE: September 5, 2017.

     

    Assistant Public Defenders are full time employees who serve at the pleasure of the Public Defender.  Criminal Procedure Article, Section 16-203(d).  Assistant Public Defender cannot simultaneously engage in the private practice of law.  The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer.