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  

  • Deadline extended! OPD is accepting applications for a demonstrated leader to serve as the Managing Attorney of the Eastern District Court in Baltimore City. The position require innovative thinking, investigative skills, and the ability to work independently within a team-oriented environment. The position reports to the Chief of Misdemeanor Litigation and is located at the Easter District Courthouse (1400 E. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD) and requires travel throughout the Baltimore City.  
      • Interested applicants must submit in one email the following items to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us: (1) resume, (2) cover letter, (3) list of references, and (4) completed Applicant Essay. In the subject line of the email please indicate "Managing Attorney, Baltimore City". Incomplete applications will not be considered. Closing Date: OPEN UNTIL FILLED. 

 

  • OPD is accepting attorney applications for the Post Conviction Defenders Division. The attorney in this position expected to work independently in managing an active caseload while simultaneously working in a team-oriented environment focused on a client centered approach to representation. This position will be located in Baltimore, Maryland but will involve travel to circuit courts and institutions operated by the Department of Corrections across Maryland. The projected start date for this position will be February 27, 2019.  
      • To apply, please submit: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) list of references, (4) writing sample, (5) law transcript (if graduated within the past 5 years), and (6) completed Applicant Essay. All requested materials must be submitted in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate "APD, Post Conviction." Incomplete applications will not be considered. Closing Date: January 10, 2019.

 

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.

 

 


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.