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.  Placement is made based on OPD's needs but entirely takes into account candidate's stated geographical preferences and limitations. 

OPD is now accepting applications for our Spring Class of 2018 and for our Fall Class of 2018.  We are also accepting applications from current law students to join OPD in January, 2019 and be a part of our Spring Class of 2019.

For more information on our Spring Class of 2018 click here.  CLOSE DATE: November 8, 2017.

For more information on our Fall Class of 2018 click here.  CLOSE DATE: October 30, 2017.

Current Law Students: OPD will be extending a limited number of offers to current third-year law students to join OPD in trial attorney positions contingent upon successful admission to the Maryland Bar in December, 2018. OPD seeks dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered attorneys to serve as Assistant Public Defenders in locations throughout the State of Maryland. Offers will be extended for specific regions of the state and will be extended based on the candidates asserted geographic preferences and limitations. Successful candidates for these positions will begin their employment with OPD in January, 2019 and go through training with our Spring Class of 2019. All offers will be contingent on membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar by December, 2018. Click here to learn more about these positions.

We will be doing screening interviews:  (1) on-campus at various law schools; (2) at Equal Justice Works (EJW) career fair; or (3) at our office in Baltimore (in person or electronically) for those who apply directly through our website.  Please don't submit multiple applications.  Also, please be aware that we receive a high volume of applications via EJW and have only a limited number of interview spots.   

To directly apply through our website please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) law school transcript (official or unofficial); (4) list of references, (5) completed 3L Supplemental Information Sheet, and (6) completed Applicant Essay. Please submit all materials in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate "2017 3L Attorney Application." Incomplete applications will not be considered. CLOSE DATE: OCTOBER 23, 2017.

Leadership Positions with OPD

OPD recruits for attorney positions with our specialized divisions (e.g. Post Conviction Defenders, Appellate, Juvenile), experienced trial attorney positions, and for supervisory positions separately.   Currently we are recruiting attorneys and leaders for the following positions:

Chief Attorney: Forensic Science Division: OPD seeks a zealous, client-centered attorney to serve as the Chief Attorney, Forensic Science Division.  The Litigation Support Group of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) is a state-wide specialized division that provides support services and training to OPD and panel attorneys in the areas of forensic sciences, mental health, social work, investigations and related ancillary services that are necessary for an effective defense.  The primary objective of the Forensic Science arm of the Litigation Support Group is to support excellent, client-centered representation for OPD clients confronted with forensic evidence and expert testimony.  The Chief Attorney of the Forensic Science Division primarily provides leadership and direction to the Forensic Science Division related to the subject matter areas of forensic science litigation and support of OPD attorneys and panel attorneys.  The position will be located at 6 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland.  Click here for more information about this position.

  • If you wish to be considered for this position please submit a: (1) curriculum vitae, (2) cover letter, (3) list of references, (4) completed Applicant Essay, and (5) writing sample. Please email all items in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “Chief Attorney: Forensic Science Division.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  CLOSING DATE: November 17, 2017.

    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. OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

    Supervising Attorney: Garrett County (District XII):  OPD seeks a dynamic leader and litigator to serve as the Supervising Attorney in Garrett County, Maryland. A Supervising Attorney combines his/her demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with his/her strong leadership skills to ensure the highest standard of client representation in a team-oriented environment focused on a client-centered approach to representation. The Supervising Attorney is involved in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the office, including the supervision of the attorneys, professional, and support staff assigned to the office. This position is located in Oakland, Maryland 21550. Click here to learn more about this position.

    • To apply for this position please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) list of references, and (4) completed Applicant Essay.  Please email items (1)-(4) in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate "Supervising Attorney, District XII." Incomplete applications will not be considered. CLOSING DATE: October 24, 2017.

    Specialized Positions with OPD

    Experienced Attorney: Parental Defenders Division (Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot Counties): OPD seeks an experienced zealous and dedicated litigator to serve as an APD in the Parental Defenders Division.  The Parent Defenders Division represents parents whose children are taken or at risk of being removed by the local Department of Social Services. The cases begin with hearings on removal of a child, and may involve discovery, mediation, trials, permanency hearings, and termination of parental rights proceedings. The attorney in this position is expected to work independently in managing an active caseload.  This representation is from the Emergency Shelter Care Hearing through any Termination of Parental Rights proceedings. The office for the attorney selected for this position will be located in either Talbot or Cecil Counties though the attorney’s caseload will potentially involve matters in Caroline, Cecil, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.  Click here to learn more about this position. 

    • To apply for this position please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) list of references, and (4) completed Applicant Essay.  All materials must be submitted electronically in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “APD, Parental Defenders.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  CLOSING DATE: November 13, 2017.

    Juvenile Defender: Prince George's County: OPD seeks a zealous and dedicated juvenile defender to represent juveniles in delinquency matters in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  The attorney in this position is expected to work independently in managing an active juvenile caseload while simultaneously working in a team-oriented environment focused on a client-centered approach to representation.  The position will commence in late February, 2018 and will be located at 14735 Main Street, Suite 272B, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772.  Click here to learn more about this position.

    • To apply for this position please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) list of references, and (4) completed Applicant Essay.  Please email items (1)-(4) in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “APD Juvenile Division District V.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  CLOSING DATE: November 13, 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.