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6 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Street address: 
6 Saint Paul Street, 14th Floor
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The position requires exceptional trial skills, innovative thinking, investigative skills, and the ability to work independently in managing an active caseload. Representation begins at the time the client is charged and includes utilizing experts and social workers in a team-oriented environment. Attorneys in the Youthful Defendant Unit (YDU) will have the skills necessary to follow the case to conclusion – whether it ends in juvenile or adult court. The projected start date for this position is flexible but no later than winter 2022. This position will be located in Baltimore City, Maryland.

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.

● Zealous representation of juvenile clients at arraignment, transfer hearings, trials, sentencing hearings, and adjudications.
● Works as part of a holistic representation team, including social workers, core staff, and medical and forensic experts.
● Ensures clients are consistently heard and respected.
● Prepares for litigation through review of legal documents and case information, analysis of evidence, witness interviews, and preparation of witnesses for litigation.
● Conducts legal research and analysis including changes in laws, legislation, procedural rules, court decisions, and case precedents in preparation of trial and to determine/ anticipate legal problems and propose resolutions.
● Drafts and prepares reports, memoranda in opposition, briefs, legal documents, motions, correspondence for clients.
● Effectively, proactively, and compassionately communicate with clients, family members, team members, colleagues, community resources, and service providers to ensure optimal outcomes and resolve challenges in an open, constructive, and professional manner.
● Counsels and advises clients on changes in law, court decisions, and legal issues.
● Negotiates with prosecutors and other parties to establish agreements to resolve cases favorably for the client.
● Provides post-representation follow-up with the client regarding matters such as client release, and other appropriate collateral issues.
● Competently, independently, and resourcefully manage a full caseload.
● Continuously seek professional and personal development through trainings, CLEs, and trial skills courses.

Salary is 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)


● Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive defense practice, including the ability to represent clients in juvenile, criminal, and administrative hearings.
● Knowledge, training, and experience related to adolescent development, neuroscience, education, mental health treatment, and best practices for juvenile rehabilitation.
● 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. Proven expertise communicating with children and adolescence preferred.
● Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, diverse, team-oriented environment.
● Experience with the use of experts to include preparation for all stages of a transfer case.
● Exceptional organizational, legal, and administrative skills necessary to handle a high caseload.
● Criminal trial and/or experience representing juveniles preferred.
● Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another state by start date. Attorneys barred in another state must become members of the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start date.

To apply: 

If you wish to be considered for these positions please click here to fill out the application and please submit the following items in one email to op[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 “Youthful Defendant Unit, Baltimore City.” 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, July 10, 2022