Supervising Attorney: Somerset County

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Job location
6 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Office of the Public Defender
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

A Supervising Attorney combines his/her demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with their strong leadership and litigation skills to ensure the highest standard of client representation in a team-oriented environment focused on a client-centered approach to representation. A Supervising Attorney is involved in the day-to-day operations and supervision of attorneys and support staff. This position is primarily located in Princess Anne, Maryland. As a member of the District II leadership team, travel to the other counties within District II as well as to other OPD statewide trainings and events is required.

•Reports to the District Public Defender and Deputy District Public Defender.
•Works closely with the District II leadership team to maintain a high standard of representation through ensuring accountability while fostering mentorship, teamwork, and communication.
•Supervises attorneys handling misdemeanor and felony cases as well as other professional and support staff.
•Monitors the attorney caseloads and the distribution of cases to ensure optimal client outcomes and attorney development.
•Actively consults with attorneys on case preparation and trial strategy.
•Identifies, assesses, and cultivates talent amongst attorneys.
•Organizes and conducts regular in-house training programs in conjunction with the other offices in the District.
•Ensures accountability through the regular evaluation of attorney and staff performance.
•Fosters a culture of excellence, resourcefulness, and zealousness amongst attorneys and staff.
•Handles and approves transcript requests, investigation requests, panel determinations and leave requests.
*Coordinates calendar and availability of the Somerset attorneys and staff with the District Public Defender and Office Manager for District II.
•Works closely with the Training Division and other Statewide Divisions to ensure effective representation through the development of relevant policies, practices, and trainings.
•Maintains an active caseload in both the Circuit and District Courts.


•Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive public defense.
•Substantial criminal litigation experience and strong trial skills (a minimum of 3 years felony experience required)
•Demonstrated leadership, mentorship, communication, client advocacy, supervisory, and management abilities.
•Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another State.*

To apply: 

Please submit a: (1) resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) list of references, (4) completed Applicant Essay (available on our website under “Careers”). Cover letters should be addressed to: Johanna Cohen Leshner, Director of Recruitment 6 St. Paul Street, Suite 1400 Baltimore, Maryland 21202.
The above items must be submitted electronically by emailing them, in one email, to [email protected]. In the subject line of the email please indicate “Supervising Attorney, District II (Somerset County).” Incomplete applications will not be considered.

CLOSING DATE: MARCH 5, 2018 The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Supervising Attorneys are full-time employees who serve at the pleasure of the Public Defender. Criminal Procedure Art., Section 16-203(d). Supervising Attorneys cannot engage in the private practice of law while in this position. * If the selected candidate is a member of the Bar of another State, the candidate must commit to becoming admitted to the Maryland Bar within 18 months of their start date.
Salary range: 
Dependent on Experience
Submission deadline: 
Monday, March 5, 2018
Expiration date: 
Monday, March 5, 2018