Assistant Public Defender: Cecil County (District III)

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Job location
Elkton District Court/Multi-Service Center
170 E. Main Street
Elkton, MD 21921
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Maryland 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. The attorney in this position is expected to work independently in managing an active caseload while simultaneously working in a team-oriented environment focused on a client-centered approach to representation. OPD will consider candidates at all experience levels for this position. This position will commence in the summer of 2019. OPD will also consider candidates available to start in September, 2019. This position will be located in the Office of the Public Defender, Elkton District Court/Multi-Service Center in Elkton, Maryland (170 E. Main Street, Elkton, Maryland 21921).

•Comprehensive and zealous representation of indigent defendants at every stage of the criminal process.
•Ability to competently and resourcefully prepare for and manage an active caseload.
•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.
•Criminal trial experience or exposure preferred.
•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. Individuals who are members of the Bar of another State must be admitted to the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start date.

To apply: 

To be considered for this position please click here ( to fill out the application and please submit the following items in one email to [email protected]: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, 3) law school transcript (required only if applicant is five or less years out of law school); and (4) list of three references. In the subject line of the email please indicate “APD: Cecil 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.
Salary range: 
Dependent on Experience
Submission deadline: 
Friday, May 17, 2019