The candidatewill represent parents and/or legal guardians whose children have been removed or are at risk of being removed from their care and custody by the State. Representation includes adversarial proceedings from the initial Emergency Shelter Care Hearing to the Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) trial. OPD’s vision is for Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All and we are committed to our core values of a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and unity in achieving our mission. Learn more about our mission and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.Protect clients’ Constitutional rights to raise and rear their children. Defend clients against allegations of neglect and/or abuse. Zealously and compassionately advocate on behalf of clients at every stage of the proceeding. Engage in motions practice, legal research, and writing. Obtain, organize, and review voluminous records and documents to assist with preparing a defense. Develop and maintain client relationships over the extended life of the case. Collaborate with PDD social workers, criminal defense attorneys, parent advocates, and others as part of a multidisciplinary defense team. Ensure clients are consistently heard and respected. Be non-judgmental and empathetic of clients who present with challenges and/or barriers. Effectively and compassionately communicate with clients, colleagues, and service providers to ensure optimal outcomes for clients. Continuously seek professional and personal development through training, continuing legal education, and trial skills courses. Should have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people with different backgrounds and lived experiences. Prior experience in litigation including, CINA/TPR, Criminal, Civil, Juvenile, or Family Law preferred (experience may include internships, law school clinical programs, or any other relevant experience). Strong communication and client advocacy skills. Must have Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar.
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
6 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202