Assistant Public Defender: Anne Arundel County

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Job location
1700 Margaret Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
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. This position will be primarily located in Annapolis, Maryland but will involve travel to all District Court locations in Anne Arundel County for court. The anticipated start date is flexible but ideally late fall 2022/early winter 2022.

Our vision is for Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All and we are committed to our core values, culture of excellence, client-centered representation, and tenacious advocacy. We work as a team, united in achieving our mission. At OPD, we use our legal education and experience to fight for justice and fairness. We refuse to remain silent in the face 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.

● 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 seeks professional and personal development through academic courses, skills trainings, and CLEs.
● Ensure clients are consistently heard and respected.
● Passionate and zealous representation of clients charged with criminal and traffic matters at every stage of the criminal process.

Dependent on experience and salary rules will apply to State of Maryland Employees. Please visit the State of Maryland Employee’s page to review benefit information.

Assistant Public Defender I- $62,343.00-$84,413.00 (Step 1-Step 11)
Assistant Public Defender II-$69,069.00-$90,802.00 (Step 1-Step 11)
Assistant Public Defender III- $73,714.00-$96,084.00 (Step 1-Step 11)


Criminal trial experience or exposure preferred.
● Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, diverse, team-oriented environment.
● Exceptional organizational, legal, and administrative skills.
● Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people who have different backgrounds and experiences
● Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another state by start date. OPD will consider candidates who sat for the February 2022 bar examination. If selected, offer will be extended contingent on membership to the bar in advance of the start date. Preference in the selection process will be given to candidates that are already of the bar. 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, (3) list of references, and (4) writing sample. In the subject line of the email please indicate “APD, District VII.” 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: 
Friday, July 15, 2022