The candidate's duties include: 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. Strong organizational, legal, and administrative skills necessary to handle a high caseload. 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). Should have Strong communication and client advocacy skills.
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Mary E.W. Risteau District CourtMulti-Service Center
2 South Bond Street
Bel Air, MD 21014