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 now accepting applications for our Fall Class of 2018    

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered litigators for its 2018 fall class to serve as Assistant Public Defenders in locations throughout the State of Maryland.   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. The attorneys in these positions are expected to work independently in managing active caseloads while simultaneously working in team-oriented environments focused on a client-centered approach to representation.  Click here for more information about this position.

Offers will be made for specific jurisdictions based on OPD’s needs and the candidate’s stated geographic limitations and preferences. Successful candidates for these positions will begin their employment with OPD on September 12, 2018.  Selected candidates will begin their tenure at OPD by attending our Gideon's Promise certified training program.    What we are looking for:

  • Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive public defense.
  • Exposure to the proceedings and pace of the District Court (litigation experience or judicial clerkship helpful).
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively manage an active caseload.
  • Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another state by August, 2018. Accordingly, most current 3Ls are not eligible for this position.Individuals who are members of the Bar of another State must be admitted to the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start date.  OPD will also consider applicants for this position who sat for the February Bar Examination and are currently awaiting results.  Should those applicants not successfully become members of the Bar at the time hiring decisions are made, they will no longer be considered qualified for this position. 

To apply for this position please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) law school transcript (official or unofficial); (4) list of references, (5) completed Supplemental Information Sheet; (6) completed Applicant Essay, and (7) the state application available at  https://www.jobapscloud.com/MD/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=18&R2=005430&R3=0007

Please email items (1)-(6) in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “Fall Class of 2018.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  CLOSING DATE: MAY 11, 2018.

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: Parental Defense Division Baltimore City and Baltimore County (District I & District VIII): OPD's Parental Defense Division (PDD) is seeking litigators with a skill set that can be effectively applied to defend parents and legal guardians in CINA/TPR proceedings. S/he must be willing to challenge the system with a healthy sense of outrage and be persistent in the face of ambiguity or outright resistance to her/his position. The Assistant Public Defender must be able to handle crisis, a variety of personalities, and multitask in a fast-paced, high pressure environment. These position(s) will be located in Baltimore City ant Baltimore County with anticipated start dates in late spring. For more information click here.

  • To apply for this position please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) list of references, (4) completed Application Essay, and (5) law school transcript. All items must be submitted electronically 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: APRIL 20, 2018

Assistant Public Defender I: Harford County (District IX): Now seeking a dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered litigator to serve as an Assistant Public Defender in Harford County, Maryland. Assistant Public Defenders are expected to work independently in managing active caseloads while simultaneously working in team-oriented environments focused on a client-centered approach to representation. This position will be primarily located in Bel Air, Maryland. Click here for more information.

  • Please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) law school transcript (official or unofficial); (4) list of references, and (5) completed Applicant Essay. Please email items (1)-(5) in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate "APDI, Harford County." Incomplete applications will not be considered. CLOSING DATE: APRIL 27, 2018.

Supervising Attorney: Appellate Division: OPD seeks a zealous and dedicated advocate to join the leadership team of the Appellate Division as a Supervising Attorney. The OPD strives to provide superior representation to indigent criminal defendants, juvenile respondents in delinquency cases, and parents in child access cases throughout the State of Maryland, and to promote its vision of Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All. Through representing our clients in Maryland's Courts of Appeal, the Appellate Division is in a unique position to influence the development of criminal and constitutional law in Maryland and to advocate for systemic reforms. Click here to learn more about this position.

  • To apply for this position please submit in one email a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing the qualifications, (3) list of references, (4) completed Applicant Essay, and (5) a recent writing sample. Please email items (1)-(5) to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate "Supervising Attorney: Appellate Division." Incomplete applications will not be considered. CLOSING DATE: APRIL 27, 2018

 

Supervising Attorney: Lower Eastern Shore (District II): OPD seeks demonstrated leaders and zealous litigators to join the District II leadership team as Supervising Attorneys. Located in the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the District II office of OPD serves Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. A Supervising Attorney is involved in the day-to-day operations and supervision of attorneys and support staff. As a member of the District II leadership team, travel to the other counties within district is required; however, Supervising Attorneys will primarily be located in one of the four counties. The determination of the primary location will be based on the selected candidate's preferences while taking into account OPD's needs. Click here to learn more.

  • Please submit a: (1) resume, (2) cover letter addressing qualifications, (3) list of references, (4) and completed Applicant Essay. Items must be submitted electronically by emailing them, in one email, to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate "Supervising Attorney, District II". Incomplete applications will not be considered. CLOSING DATE: APRIL 27, 2018.

 

Assistant Public Defender III: Prince George's County (District V): Now seeking an Assistant Public Defender who 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. The position is located at 14735 Main Street, Suite 272B, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. For more information click here.

  •  To apply, please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing qualifications, (3) list of references, (4) completed Applicant Essay, and (5) a writing sample. The listed items must be submitted electronically in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of  the email please indicate "APDIII, District V". Incomplete applications will not be considered. CLOSING DATE: MAY 14, 2018.

Assistant Public Defender: Post Conviction Defenders Division: OPD invites applicants for an Assistant Public Defender to join the Post Conviction Defenders Division. 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. 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 in September, 2018. Click here to review complete job posting. 

  • Please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing qualifications, (3) list of references, (4) writing sample, (5) law transcript, (6) completed Applicant Essay. Requested materials must be submitted electronically 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: MAY 23, 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.