Maryland Defenders Union

OPD workers! Join us tomorrow, January 19, at 5pm to observe a meeting of OPD's Board of Trustees, the body that will select the next Public Defender.
By now, everyone has probably heard the great news about pay increases for state workers, including OPD employees!

AFSCME President Lee Saunders on Friday urged the Senate to follow in the footsteps of the House of Representatives and 

MDU has completed a survey of workloads among OPD lawyers, core staffers, and social workers, and the responses paint a stark picture of an agency nearly overwhelmed by rising caseloads that manage

One year ago, the Maryland Defenders Union formed because OPD workers are underpaid and overworked, and our clients are suffering as a result.

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We're heading out of the summer months, and before the weather turns on us we want to get together in person for the first time to launch our campaign to win collective bargaining and merit status!

In this exciting edition of the Maryland Defenders Union newsletter:

There's one thing all OPD employees can agree on – our workloads are far too high. Attorneys are swamped with cases, social workers are spread too thin across the whole agency, and core staffers are doing the work of two or three employees. It's bad for OPD workers and especially bad for our clients.


We are the Maryland Defenders Union, an association of the frontline workers of the Office of the Public Defender whose labor is essential to the agency’s mission of providing outstanding representation to indigent clients. We are strongest when we speak together, work together, and fight together. Are you ready to join us?