Assistant Public Defender I: Baltimore 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
Street address: 
6 Saint Paul Street
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

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. Assistant Public Defenders are expected to work independently in managing active caseloads while simultaneously working in team-oriented environments focused on a client-centered approach to representation. This position will be primarily located in Towson, Maryland but will involve travel to all three District Court locations in Baltimore County for court. The successful candidate for this position will begin employment with OPD this spring.

•Zealous representation of indigent clients charged with misdemeanor criminal and traffic matters.
•Ability to competently and resourcefully prepare for and manage an active District Court caseload; including, but not limited to the handling of bail review hearings, District Court trials, preliminary hearings, violation of probation hearings, and modification of sentence hearings.
•Actively communicate with clients, team members, and resources for optimal client outcomes.
•Continuously seek professional development through trainings, continuing legal education and trial skills courses.


•Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive public defense.
•Exposure to the proceedings and pace of the District Court (litigation experience or judicial clerkship helpful).
•Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
•Ability to work independently and effectively manage an active caseload.
•Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another state by start date.*

To apply: 

Please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) law school transcript (official or unofficial); (4) list of references, and (5) completed Applicant Essay (available on our website under “Careers”).

Please email items (1)-(6) in one email to [email protected]. In the subject line of the email please indicate “APDI, Baltimore County.” Incomplete applications will not be considered.


The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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. * Individuals who are members of the Bar of another State must be admitted to the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start date.
Salary range: 
Dependent on Experience
Submission deadline: 
Monday, March 26, 2018
Expiration date: 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018