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Maryland Office of the Public Defender – Assistant Public Defender: Post Conviction Defenders Division


Maryland Office of the Public Defender


Baltimore City

Salary Information:

$84,225 - $122,774


The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks experienced, zealous, and dedicated attorneys to serve as Assistant Public Defenders in OPD’s Post Conviction Defenders Division. OPD is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.

The Post Conviction Defenders Division is dedicated to ensuring fairness in criminal convictions and protecting the integrity of our criminal justice system. We represent indigent inmates at post-conviction proceedings throughout the state of Maryland. OPD strives to achieve Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All. Our employees are committed to the core values of a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and are united as a team in achieving the OPD’s mission. Learn more about our mission and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Assistant Public Defenders combine their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with their strong litigation skills to provide exceptional representation in post conviction proceedings, and where applicable, in proceedings involving motions for modification, requests for drug treatment, and other similar motions. Post Conviction Defenders are expected to work independently in managing active caseloads while simultaneously working in a team-oriented environment focused on a client-centered approach to representation. The position will be located in Baltimore City, Maryland but will involve travel to circuit courts and institutions operated by the Department of Corrections across Maryland. We will consider candidates at all experience levels.

To learn more and to be considered, please visit to fill out the application and submit the following items in one PDF attachment through the Maryland State Government Job Openings Page Resume Tab: (1) a current resume, (2) a cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) a list of four professional references, (4) a persuasive writing sample, not a judicial opinion, and (5) law school transcript (if within 3 years of graduation). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Salary or salary range: $84,225 – $122,774

Requirements:  Active membership in good standing with the State of Maryland Bar or Bar of another state. OPD will consider individuals who are sitting for the February 2024 bar examination. If selected, offers 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 who are already a member of the bar. Attorneys barred in another state must become a member of the Maryland bar within 18 months of the start date.

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

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