Assistant Public Defender: District XII (Allegany County)

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Job location
30 Mechanic Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
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: 

Assistant Public Defenders combine their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with their strong litigation skills to provide exceptional representation. 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. The attorneys in our District 12 offices are primarily assigned to a specific county with the understanding that all attorneys may be called upon to assist in the other county as staffing is needed. This attorney selected for this position will be primarily assigned to Allegany County. Selected candidates should be prepared to start with OPD by January, 2022.

Our vision is for Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All and we are committed to our core values of a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and remain united as a team in achieving our mission. At OPD we use our legal education and experience to fight for justice and fairness, no matter what and we refuse to remain silent in the midst of human suffering. Our unique talents, identities, educational backgrounds, and perspectives guide us in representing our clients. We stand up against prejudice, systemic racism, and inequity in all of the spaces we occupy. OPD seeks candidates that will join us in providing compassionate, competent, zealous, and client-centered representation to all of our clients. Learn more about our mission and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

• Passionate and zealous representation of clients charged with criminal and traffic matters at every stage of the criminal process including but not limited to: bail review proceedings, bench trials in District Court, appeals of misdemeanor matters to Circuit Court, jury trials in Circuit Court, violation of probation hearings, drug court proceedings, and modification of sentence hearings. Attorneys in District 12 may also provide representation to juveniles in delinquency matters as well as to parents in Child In Need of Assistance (CINA) proceedings.
• Ability to competently and resourcefully prepare for and manage an active caseload.
• Effectively and compassionately communicate with clients, colleagues, and service providers to ensure optimal outcomes for clients.
• Continuously seek professional and personal development through trainings, continuing legal education, and trial skills courses.
• Ensure clients are consistently heard and respected.


• Demonstrated commitment to serving communities who have been pushed to the margins.
• Clear dedication to upending systemic racism, prejudice, and unfairness in the criminal justice system.
• Compassion.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people with different backgrounds and lived experiences.
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, diverse, team-oriented environment.
• Exceptional organizational, legal, and administrative skills necessary to handle a high caseload.
• Some criminal trial experience or exposure is preferred.
• Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another state. Attorneys barred in another state must become members of the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start date. OPD will extend offers to candidates awaiting bar results. Offers will be made contingent upon admission in advance of start date.

To apply: 

If you wish 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 addressing the above qualifications, (3) a list of references, (4) transcript (if candidate graduated law school within the past 3 years), and (5) writing sample (if candidate has been practicing 3+ years). In the subject line of the email please indicate “APD, Western Maryland.” 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: 
Tuesday, October 12, 2021