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.   We are not currently recruiting attorneys and leaders for our specialized divisions.

 

Specialized Positions with OPD

 

Assistant Public Defender: Forensic Science Litigation Support Attorney: OPD seeks a zealous, client-centered attorney to serve as a Forensic Science Litigation Support Attorney. An Assistant Public Defender servicing as a Forensic Science Litigation Attorney primarily assists OPD attorneys and panel attorneys with the review of forensic science evidence and expert testimony, the development of legal strategies to challenge admissibility or weight, and the identification of appropriate experts. The projected start date for this position is in the Spring of 2018. For further information click here.  

  • If you wish to be considered for this position please submit a: (1) current resume or CV, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) list of references, (4) completed Applicant Essay, and (5) writing sample. Please email all items in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate "APD: Forensic Science." Incomplete applications will not be considered. CLOSING DATE: FEBRUARY 19, 2018.

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: Allegany & Garrett Counties (District XII): OPD seeks a client-centered litigator to serve as an Assistant Public Defender in District XII serving Maryland's 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. For additional information click here.

  • To be considered for this position please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) list of references, and (4) 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: District XII." Incomplete applications will not be considered. CLOSING DATE: MARCH 15, 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.