Maryland Office of the Public Defender

About Maryland Office of the Public Defender

OPD is an independent State Agency. With over 900 employees (570 attorneys), OPD is the largest legal services organization in the state. The Office of the Public Defender provides legal services to eligible individuals through twelve district offices and seven specialized divisions.

Representation is provided in District Courts, Juvenile Courts, Circuit Courts, judicial bail reviews and related collateral hearings, Parental Defense Division and termination of parental rights (TPR) cases. Trial Divisions are maintained in all Circuit, District and Juvenile Courts throughout the State.


Volunteer Intern

June 2022 - August 2022 Frederick, MD
“Everything! The environment, the variety of work, the consideration of my background and the unique shadowing experience. I loved everything about it.”


June 2017 - August 2017 Baltimore, MD
“Every single day was different at my internship. I felt useful & like my perspective was valuable to my supervisor and coworkers. I got to learn a lot about the daily office work, but also go to meet clients and go to court frequently.”
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