The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (MOPD) seeks zealous and dedicated litigators to represent young people in both delinquency and criminal matters in our Baltimore County office (District VIII). MOPD is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply. 

 

The Baltimore County office is an urban public defender’s office with approximately 70 employees providing client-centered representation to individuals charged with misdemeanors and felonies in Baltimore County. MOPD’s vision is for Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All. We are committed to our core values of a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, and tenacious advocacy, and remain united as a team in achieving our mission. At MOPD 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. Learn more about our mission and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

 

Overview of the Position

MOPD’s Juvenile Defenders provide consistent client-centered representation to their clients from their first court appearance through the completion of the case. This vertical representation model leads to deep and lasting client relationships and continuity of representation. Attorneys work in conjunction with social workers and core staff in a team-oriented environment. Attorneys must be able to balance a client-centered approach to representation with advocacy to address systemic inequity and the collateral consequences that lead to deeper system involvement. The position will be located at 200 Washington Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Represent youth at arraignment, adjudication, disposition, and post-disposition hearings. 
  • Represent juveniles and emerging adults (18-22) in circuit court matters including transfer hearings, pre-trial hearings, jury trials, and disposition.  
  • Represent clients in administrative matters related to conditions of confinement and access to treatment. 
  • Work to identify and advocate for solutions to systemic issues. 
  • Work collaboratively with social workers and core staff to assist clients and their families in matters related to housing, education, school discipline, mental health, and other collateral matters that contribute to deepening systemic involvement. 
  • Investigate, develop, and litigate novel and cutting-edge Constitutional arguments in order to advance and expand the rights of young people in contact with the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems. 
  • Competently and resourcefully prepare for and manage an active caseload.
  • Effectively, proactively, and compassionately communicate with clients, family members, team members, colleagues, community resources, and service providers to ensure optimal outcomes and resolve challenges in an open, constructive, and professional manner. 
  • Continuously seek professional and personal development through training, CLEs, and trial skills courses.  
  • Other duties as assigned by the State Public Defender. 

 

Salary

Salary is dependent on experience and the State of Maryland salary rules will apply to any offer made. This would be a lateral transfer for current MOPD attorneys.

 

Assistant Public Defender I: $86,762.00-$127,473.00 (Grade 20: Step 6-Step 26) 

Assistant Public Defender II: $96,227.00-$136,003.00 (Grade 21: Step 8-Step 26) 

Assistant Public Defender III: $106,620.00-$145,151.00 (Grade 22: Step 10-Step 26)

 

Benefits

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender offers a generous benefits package that includes excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance. Benefits also include retirement savings, life insurance, and the option to participate in supplemental retirement options. MOPD Employees receive 6 days of personal leave, 15 days of sick leave, and at least 10 days of annual leave each calendar year in addition to paid holidays, and parental leave.

 

For more details and a full list of benefits as an employee with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender click here.

 

Requirements
Core Competencies and Requirements
  • Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive defense practice, including the ability to represent clients in juvenile, criminal, and administrative hearings.
  • Excellent research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
  • 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 different backgrounds and lived experiences.
  • Proven expertise in communicating with children and adolescents is 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.
  • Jury trial experience is preferred.
  • Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another State by start date. Attorneys barred in another state must become members of the Maryland Bar within 18 months of the start date. MOPD will consider recent law school graduates who are sitting for the July 2024 bar examination. If selected, offers will be extended contingent on membership to the bar in advance of the start date. Preference in the selection process will be given to candidates that are already a member of the bar.
Job Contact
Durriyyah Hollimon
410-691-1530 opd.jobs-law@maryland.gov