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One year ago, the Maryland Defenders Union formed because OPD workers are underpaid and overworked, and our clients are suffering as a result. Yesterday, we won long-overdue change on one of those fronts, with raises promised for many attorneys within OPD.

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 ag

Join us on this Wednesday, August 4th at 7pm! We are relaunching our organizing campaign to win collective bargaining rights for all employees.

In this edition of the newsletter:

In this edition of the newsletter:

Today, Paul DeWolfe is testifying before the Maryland General Assembly in a last-minute effort to discourage lawmakers from providing merit status to assistant public defenders.


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?