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. Please check back, we are currently not accepting applications for our classes.  

 

Other Current Attorney Recruitments

  • OPD is looking for zealous advocates in the Lower Eastern Shore and Western Maryland (Allegany & Garrett Counties). Interested attorneys should email a resume and cover letter to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us   

  • OPD is looking for zealous and dedicated litigator to represent juveniles in delinquency maters in Baltimore City, Maryland. At the Baltimore City Juvenile Defenders we provide consistent client-centered representation to our clients from their first court appearance through their entire case. Our vertical representation model leads to deep and lasting client relationships and continuity of representation across years and cases. The anticipated start date for this position will be in September, 2019. Please click here to learn more about this opportunity.
    • To be considered for this position please submit the following materials in an email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us: (1) cover letter, (2) current resume, (3) list of references, (4) writing sample, (5) applicant essay, and (6) transcript (if graduated from law school within the past 3 years). In the subject line of the email please indicate "APD Juvenile, District I". Incomplete applications will not be considered. Closing Date: March 1, 2019

 

  • We are seeking a dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered litigator to serve as an Assistant Public Defender handling misdemeanor matters in District and Circuit Court in District XI serving Maryland's Frederick and Washington Counties. The attorney in this position will be handling misdemeanor cases in District Court as well as following those matters to Circuit Court in the event of an appeal or jury demand. This position will primarily be located in Hagerstown, Maryland. Learn more here.  
    • Please submit a (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) list of references, and (4) completed Applicant Essay. Materials should be submitted in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate "APDI: District XI". Incomplete applications will not be considered. Closing Date: Open Until Filled

 

  • OPD is accepting applications for a zealous and dedicated litigator to represent juvenile in delinquency matters in Baltimore County, Maryland. This position requires innovative thinking, investigative skills, and ability to work independently in managing an active juvenile caseload. Attorneys work in conjunction with social workers and core staff in a team-oriented environment. This position will be located in Towson, Maryland and the anticipated start date will be spring 2019. Click here to learn more.
    • Please submit the following materials in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) list of references, (4) writing sample, (5) transcript (if graduated from law school within the past 3 years), and (6) Applicant Essay. In the subject line of the email please indicate "APD Juvenile, District VIII." Incomplete applications will not be considered. Closing Date: March 1, 2019 

 

  • Seeking experienced and impassioned advocates to serve in the Felony Division in Baltimore City, Maryland. The attorney in this position will handle all levels of criminal cases and legal matters including the most complex felonies and high profile case. This position requires the ability to provide supervision from a "first chair" perspective and conduct in-house training for fellow attorneys. Click here for more information. 
    • 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 attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) list of three references and (4) writing sample.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “Experienced Attorneys: Baltimore City.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Closing Date: Open Until Filled

       

         

 

Grant Funded Opportunities:

  • OPD is seeking candidates passionate about juvenile justice to coordinate and assist with the development of a training and certification program for defenders representing youth in juvenile delinquency and transfer hearings in Maryland. This position will be located in Baltimore City. The projected start date will be in January 2019 and will run until September 2020. To learn more about the Maryland Juvenile Defender Training and Certification Project Coordinator click here.
      • To be considered, submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, and (3) list of three references. Items (1)-(3) should be emailed in one email to recruit1@opd.state.md.us. In the Subject line of the email please indicate "Coordinator, Certification Planning Group". Incomplete applications will not be considered. Closing Date: Open Until Filled.

 

  • The Association for the Public Defender of Maryland together with OPD seeks two licensed Master Social Worker to serve as a Client Services Specialist in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland respectively. Working collaboratively with our attorneys and staff, the Client Services Specialist will conduct substance abuse screenings and evaluations, in-depth risk and needs assessments, form diagnostic impressions, and create individualized treatment plans for individuals charged with a crime. This is a grant funded position that will run through October, 2020. Click here to learn more.
      • Please submit a: (1) Cover Letter and (2) resume via email to tcollins@opd.state.md.us or mail items to the attention of: Terri L. Collins, LCSW-C, Director of Social Work, Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Suite 1502, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. Closing Date: OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

 

  • The Association for the Public Defender of Maryland, with OPD, also seeks two Board Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPRS) to work as an essential team member in our rural offices in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland. The two Peer Support Specialists, under the supervision of OPD's Director of Social Work, will work with individuals identified as justice involved individuals with a substance use disorder(s) and could best be served in the community receiving treatment as a pre-trial diversion. The CPRS will provide referrals, case management support and support through personal shared experiences. This is a grant funded position that will run through October, 2020. To learn more click here.
      • Please submit a: (1) Cover Letter and (2) resume via email to tcollins@opd.state.md.us or mail items to the attention of: Terri L. Collins, LCSW-C, Director of Social Work, Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Suite 1502, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. Closing Date: OPEN UNTIL FILLED.  

 

 


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. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.