State of Maryland

ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER HEADQUARTERS LEAD (#005256)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $70,339.00-$112,944.00 Yearly


GRADE

23

NATURE OF WORK

An Assistant Public Defender Headquarters Lead is the lead level of trial attorney work in an area of special expertise, such as appeals, mental health cases or drug cases, in the headquarters office of the Public Defender. Employees in this classification do not supervise, but they assign and review work of Assistant Public Defenders I, II and III in the headquarters office and provide technical advice and direction to Assistant Public Defenders and other attorneys on a statewide basis in the area of specialization.

An Assistant Public Defender Headquarters Lead receives general supervision from an Assistant Public Defender Headquarters Supervisor or other higher-level attorney. Work may be performed at various locations including jails, lock-up facilities, hospitals and courtrooms. Positions in this classification are evaluated using the Classification Job Evaluation Methodology. The use of this methodology involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Assistant Public Defender Headquarters Lead is differentiated from the Assistant Public Defender III in that the Assistant Public Defender Headquarters Lead assigns and reviews work of Assistant Public Defenders and provides advice and direction to Assistant Public Defenders and other attorneys on a statewide basis while the Assistant Public Defender III is the full performance level of trial attorney work in the Office of the Public Defender. The Assistant Public Defender Headquarters Lead is differentiated from the Assistant Public Defender Headquarters Supervisor in that the Assistant Public Defender Headquarters Supervisor has full supervisory responsibility for lower-level Assistant Public Defenders, including Assistant Public Defender Headquarters Lead while the Assistant Public Defender Headquarters Lead does not supervise.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

Assigns cases and reviews work of Assistant Public Defenders I, II and III in an area of special expertise, such as appeals, mental health or drug cases, at the headquarters office of the Public Defender;

Provides specialized technical, educational, research and consultation services on a statewide basis to Assistant Public Defenders and other attorneys;

Represents clients in all aspects of legal proceedings before the courts of the State for the Office of the Public Defender;

Negotiates settlement of cases outside of court;

Counsels and advises clients regarding theories of possible defense, trial factors and procedures, rights, alternatives to incarceration, rehabilitation services, appeal rights and procedures and other matters of law;

Researches legal precedents and opinions and proposed legislation for their future impact and for defense of specific cases;

Performs other related duties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Possession of a Juris Doctorate or equivalent degree from an accredited school of law.

Experience: Experience as a practicing attorney.

Notes:

1. An Assistant Public Defender Headquarters Lead must be a member of the Maryland Bar at the time of appointment.

2. The above requirements are set by the Office of the Public Defender in accordance with Criminal Procedure Article, Section 16-203 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in general attorney classification or general attorney specialty codes in the legal and kindred group field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education. 

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Education: Possession of a Juris Doctorate or equivalent degree from an accredited school of law.

Experience: Experience as a practicing attorney.

Notes:

1. An Assistant Public Defender Headquarters Lead must be a member of the Maryland Bar at the time of appointment.

2. The above requirements are set by the Office of the Public Defender in accordance with Criminal Procedure Article, Section 16-203 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Class descriptions broadly define groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Date Revised

08/01/2014

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 005256; EST: ; REV: 8/1/2014;

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