Skip to Main Content

Supervising Attorney: District II

Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Dorchester Counties

Recruitment #24-005357-0009


The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (MOPD) seeks an experienced, client-centered litigator and demonstrated leader to serve as the Supervising Attorney for our District II offices, serving the communities of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Dorchester Counties. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.


The Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Dorchester offices are small but busy rural public defender offices with approximately 40 attorneys and staff. MOPD’s vision is for Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All. We are committed to our core values of a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, and tenacious advocacy, and remain united as a team in achieving our mission. At MOPD 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. Learn more about our mission and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion




District II: Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Dorchester Counties

Main Purpose of Job

The Supervising Attorney will combine their dedication to the representation of indigent clients with their strong leadership and litigation skills to ensure the highest standard of client representation in a team-oriented environment. The Supervising Attorney is responsible for cultivating and sustaining a culture of excellence, respect, and positivity while simultaneously ensuring the efficient day-to-day operations of the office. This position will be primarily located in one of the four county offices and will be charged with the day-to-day operations of that office; however, members of the supervision team are required to provide coverage to the other counties within the district.  


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reports to the District Public Defender and Deputy District Public Defender for District II.
  • Works closely with the leadership team to maintain a high standard of representation by ensuring accountability while fostering mentorship, teamwork, and communication.
  • Supervises attorneys in all phases of client representation from initial appointment through final appeal and post-trial procedures.
  • Monitors the attorney caseloads and the distribution of cases to ensure optimal client outcomes and attorney development.
  • Actively consults with attorneys on case preparation and trial strategy.
  • Identifies, assesses, and cultivates talent amongst attorneys.
  • Ensures accountability through the regular evaluation of attorney and staff performance.
  • Fosters a culture of respect, honesty, and collaboration.
  • Supports the vision of the District Public Defender internally and externally.
  • Follows, supports, and promotes directives given by the District Public Defender for the advancement of the agency and the local office.
  • Fosters a culture of excellence, resourcefulness, and zealousness amongst attorneys and staff.
  • Handles and approves transcript requests, investigation requests, and panel determinations.
  • Works closely with the Training Division and other Statewide Divisions to ensure effective representation through the development of relevant policies, practices, and training (including conducting regular in-house training programs).
  • Maintains an active caseload.
  • Performs other duties as determined by the State Public Defender.


Education: A Juris Doctorate degree or equivalent degree from an accredited school of law.
Experience: Experience as a practicing Attorney.
1. Candidates shall be an Attorney and admitted to practice law in the State by the Court of
Appeals of Maryland, at 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


Training and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive public defense.
  • Excellent writing, research, and oral advocacy skills.
  • A desire to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with constructive feedback and performance evaluations.
  • Substantial criminal litigation experience and strong trial skills (a minimum of 5 years required; felony jury trial experience strongly preferred).
  • Commitment to addressing systemic inadequacies and inequities in the criminal justice system.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, adversaries, clients, and family members, irrespective of differences in backgrounds and lived experiences.
  • Strong ability to advocate for the office with external stakeholders without alienating the advancement of the office.
  • Commitment to working with community advocates to educate and serve the community.
  • Flexibility and regular attendance at community events promoting the work of the agency.
  • Exceptional organizational, legal, and administrative skills necessary to manage dynamic teams and high-volume caseloads.
  • Demonstrated leadership, mentorship, supervisory, client advocacy, and management abilities.
  • Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another state. Attorneys barred in another state must become a member of the Maryland Bar within 18 months of the start date.



Salary is dependent on experience and the State of Maryland salary rules will apply to any offer made.


This is a promotion opportunity for current MOPD attorneys at Grade 22 or below. This would be a lateral transfer for MOPD attorneys currently at Grade 23.


Assistant Public Defender Supervisor: $120,399.00-$154,928.00 (Grade 23, Step 13-Step26).



The Maryland Office of the Public Defender offers a generous benefits package that includes excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance. Benefits also include retirement savings, life insurance, and the option to participate in supplemental retirement options. MOPD Employees receive 6 days of personal leave, 15 days of sick leave, and at least 10 days of annual leave each calendar year in addition to paid holidays, and parental leave.


For more details and a full list of benefits as an employee with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender click here.


How to Apply

If you wish to be considered, please click below to fill out the application and upload the following documents in one PDF attachment through the Resume Tab in the JoabAps Application: (1) a current resume, (2) a cover letter, and (3) a list of four professional references.


Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Assistant Public Defenders are full-time employees and cannot engage in the private practice of law while in this position. MD Code, Criminal Procedure Art., Section 16-203(d)(2).


As a State agency, the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (MOPD) is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. MOPD is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.


All applicants must be able to communicate with clients and visitors and possess the ability to complete tasks in a fast-paced work environment.  Applicants must be able to work in various positions and travel to various courtrooms, office environments, and detention facilities throughout the state. MOPD is further committed to providing equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities by modifying or adjusting the job application process or the job or work environment to make reasonable accommodations to the known applicant or employee to enable the applicant or employee be considered for the position they desire; to perform the essential functions of the position in question; or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by other similarly situated employees without disabilities, unless the accommodation imposes an undue hardship.


Applicants must be able to operate a computer and other office equipment. Applicants must have access to a motor vehicle or be able to navigate public transportation. If a reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact Tawanda Jackson, Human Resources Supervisor, at 410-767-8503 or



Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.

Powered by JobAps