Assistant Public Defender: Dorchester, Worcester, Somerset & Wicomico County

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Job location
201 Baptist Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
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: 

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. Although District Two attorneys are primarily assigned to one of the four counties, all attorneys in the district must remain flexible to placement in any of the counties. OPD will consider candidates at all experience levels.

•Zealous representation of clients 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 but we will consider candidates at all experience levels.
•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. Attorneys barred in another state must become a member of the Maryland Bar within 18 months of the 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, and (3) a list of three references. In the subject line of the email please indicate “APD, Lower Eastern Shore.” 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 ($67000.00-$90000.00)
Submission deadline: 
Tuesday, July 5, 2022