Assistant Public Defender, District IV: St. Mary's County

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Job location
23110 Leonard Hall Drive
Leonardtown, MD 20650
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Street address: 
6 Saint Paul Street
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

Assistant Public Defenders combine their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with strong and zealous litigation skills to provide exceptional representation on behalf of all their 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 from all experience levels for this position with a preference for candidates with criminal trial experience. Although the selected candidate will primarily be assigned to the St. Mary’s County office, members of the Southern Maryland team may, on occasion, transition to other offices within the District based on the needs of the District as a whole. OPD’s preference would be to have the selected candidate start with OPD as soon as practical.

•Zealous and comprehensive representation of clients at every stage of the criminal process.
•Ability to competently and resourcefully manage an active caseload.
•Engage in resourceful problem solving.
•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.
•Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
•Ability to work independently, and effectively manage an active caseload.
•Strong client advocacy and communication skills.
•Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another State.*

To apply: 

To apply click here to fill out our form and please submit in one email to [email protected]: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) list of references, and (4) and a writing sample. In the subject line of the email please indicate “APD, St. Mary’s County.” Incomplete applications will not be considered.


The OPD 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). They cannot engage in the private practice of law while in this position. If 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 Of Experience
Submission deadline: 
Wednesday, July 15, 2020