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. 

OPD is not accepting applications for our Spring Class of 2018 and for our Fall Class of 2018 at this time.

                               

Leadership Positions with OPD

OPD recruits for attorney positions with our specialized divisions (e.g. Post Conviction Defenders, Appellate, Juvenile), experienced trial attorney positions, and for supervisory positions separately.   Currently we are recruiting attorneys and leaders for the following positions:

Deputy District Public Defender: Baltimore City:  OPD seeks an experienced attorney who will bring exceptional leadership, management, and excellent communication skills to the organization by serving as the Deputy District Public Defender for District One (Baltimore City).  The Deputy will champion OPD’s mission, working collaboratively with the DPD, sharing responsibilities for executing District One policies and initiatives. These responsibilities include strategic planning, reporting and supervision of programs and the development of staff. As a critical member of the Leadership Team, s/he will assist with the management of the day-to-day operations and strategic planning for District One. The Deputy’s leadership will benefit the internal operations of District One, as well as playing the crucial role of advising the DPD on matters pertaining to these internal operations. This position will be located at 201 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. Click here to learn more about this position.

  • If you wish to be considered for this position please submit a: (1) current curriculum vitae, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) list of references, (4) writing sample (legal or nonlegal acceptable), and (5) applicant essay.  Please email all materials in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate "Deputy District Public Defender, District One." Incomplete applications will not be considered. OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Specialized Positions with OPD

Assistant Public Defender: Juvenile Division, District VII: OPD seeks a zealous and dedicated litigator to represent juveniles in delinquency matters in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The attorney in this position is expected to work independently in managing an active juvenile caseload while simultaneously working in a team-oriented environment focused on a client-centered approach to representation. The position will commence in late February, 2018 and will be located in Annapolis, Maryland. Click here to learn more.

  • To be considered for this position please submit a: (1) Current Resume, (2) cover letter addressing the qualifications, (3) list of references, and (4) completed Applicant Essay. Please email items (1)-(4) in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate: "APD Juvenile Division, District VII." Incomplete applications will not be considered. CLOSING DATE: DECEMBER 20, 2017. 

Assistant Public Defender: District XII: OPD seeks a dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered litigator to serve as an Assistant Public Defender in our District XII office serving Allegany and Garrett Counties. The attorney in this position is 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. OPD will consider applicants at all levels of experience. The projected placement for this position will primarily be in Cumberland, Maryland with the understanding that staffing needs may necessitate the possibility of coverage in Garrett County. The projected start date is late February, 2018. Click here to learn more.

  • To be considered for this position please submit a: (1) Current Resume, (2) cover letter addressing the qualifications, (3) list of references, and (4) completed Applicant Essay. Please email items (1)-(4) in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate: "APD: District XII." Incomplete applications will not be considered. CLOSING DATE: DECEMBER 30, 2017. 

    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.