OPD Attorney Positions

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) recruits both entry-level and experienced trial attorneys.  Typically, entry-level attorneys start with OPD as trial attorneys in our the District Court divisions.  District Court attorneys placed at our various offices across the State start with OPD twice a year in "classes."   We specifically advertise for positions with our specialized units (e.g. Collateral Review, Appellate, Juvenile...etc.), for experienced trial attorney positions, and for supervisory positions.  

Assistant Public Defender Positions

The Office of the Public Defender hires dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered litigators to serve as Assistant Public Defenders at various District Court 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. 

We are currently recruiting for the following classes:

Spring Class of 2016: stay tuned.  We will be opening up recruitment in the coming weeks.

Fall Class of 2016:  Current judicial law clerks, fellows, and law school graduates can apply to join our office in the Fall of 2016.      To apply for our Fall Class 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, and (6) completed Applicant Essay. Cover letters should be addressed to:  Johanna Cohen Leshner, Director of Recruitment 6 St. Paul Street, 22nd Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.  Items (1)-(6) outlined above must be submitted electronically in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “Fall Class of 2016.”  Closing Date: November 2, 2016.

Current 3Ls: OPD will be extending a limited number of offers to current third-year law students to join OPD in trial attorney positions contingent upon successful admission to the Maryland Bar in December, 2016.  Successful candidates for these positions will begin their employment with OPD in January, 2017 and will join our Spring Class of 2017. To apply please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) law school transcript (official or unofficial); (4) list of references, (5) completed 3L Supplemental Information Sheet; and (6) completed Applicant Essay. Cover letters should be addressed to:  Johanna Cohen Leshner, Director of Recruitment 6 St. Paul Street, 22nd Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.  Please email items (1)-(6) in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “2015 3L Attorney Application.”  Closing Date: October 20, 2016.

Specifically Advertised Positions

The Office of the Public Defender seeks aggressive, client-centered, and resourceful advocates to join our team. OPD is currently recruiting for the following position:

    Chief Attorney, Mental Health Division

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.