State of Maryland

ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER SUPERVISOR (#005357)

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


GRADE

23

NATURE OF WORK

An Assistant Public Defender Supervisor is the supervisory level of trial attorney work at headquarters or in a district of the Office of the Public Defender. Employees in this classification supervise Assistant Public Defenders I, II and III engaged in providing eligible persons with legal counsel and services for criminal, juvenile, involuntary commitment and Children in Need of Assistance proceedings before the courts of the State.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from an Assistant District Public Defender or other higher-level attorney. Work is 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 Supervisor differs from the Assistant Public Defender III in that the Assistant Public Defender Supervisor supervises Assistant Public Defenders I, II and III while the Assistant Public Defender III does not supervise. The Assistant Public Defender Supervisor differs from the Assistant District Public Defender in that in addition to supervising Assistant Public Defenders, the Assistant District Public Defender functions as a deputy to the District Public Defender and as the head of a satellite district office in a non-metropolitan district or directs case operations on a metropolitan district-wide basis while the Assistant Public Defender Supervisor does not have these responsibilities.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

Supervises lower-level Assistant Public Defenders;

Trains and directs Assistant Public Defenders in preparing cases and managing clients;

Reviews case files in order to determine the nature of the charges, and the factual and legal issues involved, and to plan defense strategies;

Represents Office of the Public Defender clients in all aspects of criminal, juvenile, involuntary commitment and Children in Need of Assistance proceedings before the courts of the State;

Engages in plea negotiations with Assistant State’s Attorneys and other opposing counsel and attends conferences with the court in an attempt to resolve issues before trial;

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;

May prepare and conduct seminars and formal training for other attorneys; May coordinate panel attorney services in cases where there is conflict of interest;

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 Supervisor 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 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 Supervisor 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

8/01/2014

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 005357; EST: ; REV: 8/1/2014;

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