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Becky Feldman
Chief Attorney

Office of the Public Defender
Post Conviction Defenders Division 
217 E. Redwood Street, Suite 1020 
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-209-8600

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100 Attorneys Pro Bono Initiative

The Post Conviction Defenders Division is seeking 100 attorneys to agree to review a case and represent at least one incarcerated person in post-conviction proceedings. Maryland provides one opportunity, after an appeal, for a convicted person to have their conviction and sentence reviewed by an attorney and a judge in the circuit court. Typical claims addressed on post-conviction include: prosecutorial misconduct, ineffective assistance of counsel, constitutional violations, faulty forensics, and innocence. The post-conviction process is usually the last hope for relief for incarcerated defendants. To date, we have paneled 50 cases!

As a pro bono attorney, you can select the county and whether you prefer a guilty plea or a trial to review. You will be provided with the client’s name, location, trial transcripts, docket entries, and appellate opinion. You will receive a link to access post-conviction law,  issue identification checklists, and other resources. We ask that you read the transcripts and visit the client in person. You may also need to review the court file, police file, or trial file. PCD will provide investigator or social work services, if needed. PCD will also provide a post-conviction public defender to mentor you through the process. If viable post-conviction issues are identified, you would draft and file a post conviction petition and represent the client at a post-conviction hearing.   

Individual attorneys do not need to obtain malpractice insurance to participate in this program. Volunteer attorneys in this program qualify for immunity under the Md. State Tort Claims Act.

 

 

For more information, contact:

Becky Feldman, Chief Attorney
Post Conviction Defenders Division
bfeldman@opd.state.md.us
410-209-8600

Link to 100 Attorneys flyer: 100Attorneys.pdf

Youth Resentencing Project

MD Post Conviction Procedure Act

MD Post Conviction Rules