ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER SERIES
Juvenile Division (Multiple Locations)
|Department||Office of the Public Defender|
|Date Opened||8/5/2022 11:19:00 AM|
|Filing Deadline||8/26/2022 11:59:00 PM|
|Salary||APD I $66,671.-$107,264.00/year; APDII $71,142-$114,441.00; APD III $75,926-$122,140.00/year|
|HR Analyst||Marie Figueroa Ocasio|
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks a zealous and dedicated litigators to represent young people in both delinquency and criminal matters in offices across Maryland. OPD currently has opportunities for candidates at all experience levels. Offers will be made for specific jurisdictions based on the candidate’s stated geographic limitations and preferences as well as OPD’s needs. Successful candidates for these positions will begin their employment with OPD on a rolling bases between October, 2022 and February 1, 2023. All selected candidates, regardless of start date, will attend OPD’s Gideon’s Promise program together in February 1, 2023.
Our vision is for Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All and we are committed to our core values of a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and remain united as a team in achieving our mission. At OPD we use our legal education and experience to fight for justice and fairness, no matter what and we refuse to remain silent in the midst of human suffering. Our unique talents, identities, educational backgrounds, and perspectives guide us in representing our clients. We stand up against prejudice, systemic racism, and inequity in all of the spaces we occupy. OPD seeks candidates that will join us in providing compassionate, competent, zealous, and client-centered representation to all of our clients. Learn more about our mission and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Main Purpose of Job
- Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive defense practice, including the ability to represent client in juvenile, criminal, and administrative hearings.
- Knowledge, training, and experience related to adolescent development, neuroscience, education, mental health treatment, and best practices for juvenile rehabilitation.
- Ability to communicate effectively with people of with different backgrounds and lived experiences. Proven expertise communicating with children and adolescence preferred.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, diverse, team-oriented environment.
- Exceptional organizational, legal, and administrative skills necessary to handle a high caseload.
- Criminal trial and/or experience representing juveniles preferred.
- Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another State by start date.*
If you wish to be considered for this position please submit the State of Maryland Application below. Additionally, click here to fill out a supplemental questionnaire and please submit the following items in one email to email@example.com: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) list of references, (4) writing sample, and (5) transcript (if graduated from law school within the past 3 years). In the subject line of the email please indicate “APDs: Juvenile Division.” Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Closing Date: August 26, 2022
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is proud to be 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. Assistant Public Defenders are full-time employees who serve at the pleasure of the Public Defender. Criminal Procedure Art., Section 16-203(d). Assistant Public Defenders cannot engage in the private practice of law while in this position.