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Maryland Office of the Public Defender Seeks Assistant Public Defender: Youthful Defendant Division
April 9, 2024 | Erin Stewart

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (MOPD) seeks an experienced client-centered litigator to serve as an Assistant Public Defender in Baltimore City’s (District I) Youthful Defendant Unit. The attorney should have the skills and desire to provide holistic and comprehensive representation within a highly specialized division for young people charged with serious offenses in Baltimore City, Maryland. MOPD is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.

MOPD’s Baltimore City office is a large urban public defender’s office with 200+ employees providing client-centered representation to juveniles and adults charged with misdemeanors and felonies in Baltimore City. MOPD 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 MOPD’s mission.

The Baltimore City Defenders utilizes a vertical representation model to represent clients throughout the life of their case. This includes pretrial motions to transfer cases to juvenile court and all post-disposition representation. The position requires exceptional trial skills, innovative thinking, investigative skills, and the ability to work independently in managing an active caseload.
Representation includes utilizing experts and social workers in a team-oriented environment. Attorneys in the Youthful Defendant Unit (YDU) will have the skills necessary to litigate a case in juvenile and adult court. The projected start date for this position is flexible but candidates must be able to start no later than June 2024. This position will be located in Baltimore City, Maryland.