Assistant State's Attorney - District Court Screening Unit

FREDERICK COUNTY GOVERNMENT   Frederick, MD   Full-time     Other
Posted on January 3, 2023
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Exempt; full-time; 40 hours per week; Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; full-benefits
This professional position is assigned to the District Court Division of the State's Attorney's office, with responsibility for presenting assigned cases and trial work in the District Court.  Supervision is received from the Chief Assistant State's Attorney (District Court), the Deputy State's Attorney and/or the State's Attorney.  

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Frederick County offers an extensive compensation package to reflect how much we value our employees. The following is what you can expect in your first year as a full time benefited Frederick County Government employee.

  • 11 days of Vacation leave with increase after 2 years of employment
  • 15 days of Sick leave with unlimited annual carryover 
  • 11 paid scheduled holidays, plus 2 additional floating holidays
  • Day 1 coverage of comprehensive Medical Insurance Plan option to include generous County HSA contribution (if enrolled in the high-deductible plan). This is part of a full range of benefits including Dental, Vision, and Flexible Spending
  • 100% County paid 2x annual salary Group Term Life Insurance benefit
  • Work/Life balance programs include: Employee Assistance Program and Employee Wellness Program
  • Generous Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • County and Employee funded Defined Benefit Pension Plan
    • Vesting after 10 years of service
    • Additional service credit for eligible previous public service, military service, etc
  • Other employee paid benefits such as Deferred Compensation Plan, Legal Resources, Supplemental Life Insurance, etc.

For more information, visit our benefits page on the Frederick County Government job opportunities webpage 




  • Analyze and assess cases, legal research, pleading preparation, witness interviews, trial preparation, settlement and litigation of District Court cases
  • Assist law enforcement officers and agencies in their investigations and charging decisions
  • Provide legal advice and/or assistance to the general public pertaining to criminal and traffic matters
  • Perform other duties as assigned

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Any single position may not be assigned all duties listed above, nor do the examples cover all duties that may be assigned.




The qualifications / requirements, knowledge/skills/abilities and physical demands or working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Graduation from an accredited law school
  • Admission to the Bar of the State of Maryland
  • Some work experience in case analysis, trial preparation and preparation of case documents


  • Considerable knowledge of legal principles and procedures
  • Ability to effectively evaluate and try a case
  • Ability to effectively obtain information through interview, interrogation and other legal research methods
  • Ability to make quick and well-reasoned case decisions under pressured circumstances
  • Discretion and good judgment in working with sensitive information, with ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with; co-workers, attorneys and others in the judicial system; law enforcement offers and agencies, and the general public, including the ability to give knowledgeable and practical advice to individuals who are emotionally distraught
  • Strong and effective spoken and written (English) communication skills, including the ability to maintain clear, accurate case files


  • Prosecutorial experience in a State's Attorney's Office
  • Maryland Rule 19 experience, or a comparable student prosecutor experience in another state and/or a judicial clerkship in any jurisdiction
  • Law experience as a practicing attorney in the State of Maryland
  • Competitive trial advocacy or competitive moot court
  • Criminal clinical practice experience as a law student
  • Completion of a law student internship with the Frederick County State's Attorney's Office


  • While working in this position, the employee is frequently sitting, lifting up to 20 pounds and making repetitive motions
  • While working in this position, the employee is constantly indoors




  • This position is subject to random drug testing
  • Available for varied working hours and on-call as needed
  • As a representative of the people of Frederick County, it is imperative that the Assistant State's Attorney maintain competent and professional relations with the public
  • This position will be full-time without a private practice

KIND OF EXAMINATION (may include):

  1. An evaluation of experience and training
  2. One or more interviews
  3. Pre-employment physical examination and drug test
  4. Pre-employment background investigation