About OPD

Welcome to the website of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender: Justice, Fairness and Dignity For All

For immediate assistance,
call 1- 877-430-5187 during
normal business hours.

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The Public Defender is
Paul B. DeWolfe

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There are eight statewide divisions within the Office of the Public Defender (OPD).

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Maryland is divided into twelve operational districts. Each District conforms to the statutory geographic boundaries of the District Courts. OPD maintains offices in each of these districts.

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Task Force

Maryland's Public Defender is often appointed to legislative task forces that consider criminal justice public policy. Click here for all the latest information.


OPD is currently recruiting for trial attorneys to join our Spring Class of 2017 and for our Fall Class of 2017.  We are also taking applications for current third year law students to join OPD in January after graduation. 

Additionally, OPD is recruiting attorneys for the following specialized positions:

To learn more about attorney recruitment as well as law clerk, and volunteer opportunities with OPD click here

Website design and development supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Institute – Baltimore