Assistant Public Defenders: Harford County (District IX)

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Job location
Bel Air, MD 21014
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Street address: 
839 Elkridge Landing Road, 4th Floor
Linthicum Heights
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

An Assistant Public Defender combines 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. 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. These positions will be located in Bel Air, Maryland.

•Zealous representation of clients at every stage of the criminal process.
•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.
•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.
•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.
•Strong client advocacy and communication skills.
•Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another State. Individuals who are members of the Bar of another State, must commit to becoming admitted to the Maryland Bar within 18 months of their start date.

To apply: 

If you wish to be considered for this position please visit to fill out the application and please submit the following items in one email to [email protected]: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, and (3) list of three references. In the subject line of the email please indicate “APD: Harford County.” Incomplete applications will not be considered.


The Maryland Office of the Public Defender 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). Assistant Public Defenders cannot engage in the private practice of law while in this position.
Salary range: 
Dependent on Experience
Submission deadline: 
Sunday, October 18, 2020