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. 

Specialized Positions with OPD

Assistant Public Defender: Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester Counties (District II): OPD seeks a dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered litigator to serve as an Assistant Public Defender in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties located in the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 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. Although District Two attorneys are primarily assigned to one of the four counties, all attorneys in the district must remain flexible to placement in any of the counties within District Two. OPD will consider candidates at all experience levels. For further details click here.

  • If you wish to be considered for this position please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) law school transcript (required only if applicant is five or less years out of law school), (4) list of references, and (5) completed Applicant Essay. Please email all items in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate "APD, Eastern Shore." Incomplete applications will not be considered. OPEN UNTIL FILLED  

 

Assistant Public Defender: Appellate Division: Now seeking a zealous and dedicated advocate to serve as an attorney in OPD's Appellate Division. An Assistant Public Defender in the Appellate Division provides representation for indigent clients during the appellate process before both the Maryland Court of Appeals and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Assistant Public Defenders combine their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with their strong research, writing, and litigation skills to provide exceptional representation. the projected start date for this position is late August, 2018. The position will be located at 6 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland, and requires frequent travel to the appellate courts in Annapolis and to correctional facilities. Click here for further details.

  • If you wish to be considered for this position please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing qualifications, (3) list of references, (4) completed Applicant Essay, (5)recent writing sample, and (6) law school transcript (unofficial or official). Please email items (1)- (6) in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate "APD: Appellate Division," Incomplete applications will not be considered.  CLOSING DATE: JUNE 21, 2018  

 

Assistant Public Defender, Parental Defense Division: Baltimore City and Baltimore County: OPD's Parental Defense Division is seeking litigators with a skill set that can be effectively applied to defend parents and legal guardians in CINA/TPR proceedings. This division represents parents and/or legal guardians whose children have been removed or are at risk of being removed from their care and custody by the State. The Assistant Public Defender in the Parental Defense Division I s a critical thinker with a demonstrated ability to apply legal analysis in an area of law that may unsettled. S/he must be able to handle crisis, a variety of responsibilities, and multitask in a fast-paced, high pressure environment. These position(s) will be located in Baltimore City and Baltimore County with anticipated start date in September 12, 2018. For more details click here.

  • Please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) list of references, (4) completed Applicant Essay, and (5) law school transcript (required only if applicant is three or less years out of law school). All items must be submitted in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate "APD, Parental Defense Division Baltimore." Incomplete applications will not be considered. CLOSING DATE: JUNE 25, 2018

 

Assistant Public Defender, Juvenile Division: Baltimore County: OPD is accepting applications for a zealous and dedicated litigator to represent juveniles in delinquency matters in Baltimore 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 projected start date for this position will be in September, 2018. To learn more, click here

  • To apply, submit a (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (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, District VIII." Incomplete applications will not be considered. CLOSING DATE: JUNE 25, 2018. 

 

Assistant Public Defender: District XII (Allegany & Garrett Counties): OPD seeks a dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered litigator to serve as an Assistant Public Defender in District XII serving Maryland's Allegany and Garrett Counties. An Assistant Public Defender combines his/her demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with his/her strong and zealous litigation skills to provide exceptional representation on behalf of all his/her clients. OPD will consider applicants at all levels of experience. For more information click here.

  • Please submit a : (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) list of references, and (4) completed Applicant Essay. Please submit 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: JULY 13, 2018.

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.