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

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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 looking for zealous advocates for the following positions:

  • Spring Class of 2018
  • Fall Class of 2018
  • Current law students to join OPD in January, 2019 
  • Deputy District Public Defender: Baltimore City
  • Experienced Attorney: Harford County
  • Assistant Public Defender: Post Conviction Defenders Division  


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

  • Opportunities

    OPD seeking Bilingual Clinical Social Workers to serve as consultants.  Click here for more information.

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