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BOONE COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

The Boone County Public Defender’s Office in Belvidere, Illinois is adding an Assistant Public Defender position to their office.  This position is open to all experience levels, including newly-licensed attorneys.  The anticipated caseload of any candidate will take into account their experience level and areas of interest, and could include any mix of the following:  traffic matters, DUI’s, misdemeanors, felonies, juvenile abuse and neglect or delinquency, specialty courts, and/or daily hearings under the Pre-Trial Fairness Act.

The successful applicant will be licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois; or will be taking the February 2024 Illinois Bar Exam and be eligible for a 711 license.   Candidates should demonstrate both an interest in the representation of indigent clients and the skills necessary to manage a high-volume caseload.  Training will be provided by the office, but coursework related to criminal law and/or prior experience in a criminal law office, public defender’s office, or state’s attorney’s office is a plus.

The anticipated starting salary is $62,000 per year with benefits that include health, vision, and dental insurance; paid vacation; and participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.  This position and employer also qualifies for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.   Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and interviewed until the position is filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Please e-mail or mail a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to:

            Kathryn Cross
            Boone County Public Defender’s Office
            130 S. State St., Ste. 311
            Belvidere, IL  61008
            publicdefend@17thcircuit.illinoiscourts.gov

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

The Champaign County Public Defender’s Office is seeking an experienced criminal defense attorney to fill one full-time position as an assistant public defender in our felony division. Job responsibilities include meeting with clients, conducting plea negotiations and jury trials, and assisting with arraignment court and detention hearings.

Applicants must be currently licensed to practice in the State of Illinois ideally with a minimum of 3 years of post-law school practice.  A successful applicant must be skilled in trial advocacy, communication, organization and technology.  Assistant public defenders are expected to competently represent indigent defendants, maintain communication with clients, research and file appropriate motions and negotiate plea agreements.

The Office provides on-site and ongoing training, encourages a work-life balance and offers an aggressive salary commensurate with experience.  Salary and compensation package includes insurance and participation in IMRF.  Salary range for the experienced felony attorney position is $54,990 to $94,633 dependent upon years licensed, qualifications and experience. 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to  Elisabeth Pollock, Champaign County Public Defender, 101 E. Main, Urbana, IL  61801, or via email to epollock@champaigncountyil.gov.

Champaign County is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/AA

Application deadline:  Position open until filled.

LIVINGSTON COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

Position Title:  Assistant Public Defender

Department:  Public Defender Office

Salary (Optional):  $65,000

Brief Job Description:  To provide legal defense for indigent clients in criminal cases. Represent parents in the juvenile abuse and neglect court room.

Education Requirements:  Law degree and licensed in Illinois; have legal research experience and have exposure and willingness to conduct trial preparation and litigation work.

Additional Comments:  Will consider applications of recent law school graduates awaiting bar results.

Instructions for Applying:  To Apply, go to https://www.vscyberhosting3.com/livingston/

OR send your resume with cover letter to:  

Livingston County Public Defender
110 N. Main St.
Pontiac, IL 61764
mmetoyer@livingstoncountyil.gov

MACON COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

The Macon County Public Defender’s Office is looking to expand its team of attorneys, adding 1-2 full time positions.  Job responsibilities will vary depending on level of experience.

Assistant public defenders are expected to competently represent indigent defendants/respondents in criminal, juvenile delinquency, traffic, and/or juvenile abuse/neglect matters.  The Office provides ongoing training, encourages work-life balance, and fosters relationships with other members of the legal community.  One advantage of working in this moderate-sized office is that attorneys maintain independence over their own caseloads while receiving support and mentorship from colleagues.

Salary ranges: Full time—$68,000 to $95,000, depending on experience.

Candidates must possess a Juris Doctor degree and have a current (or prospective) license to practice law in the State of Illinois with no history of suspensions.  Prior criminal defense experience is not required.  The compensation package includes insurance, participation in IMRF, free CLE, and eligibility for student loan forgiveness.  Macon County is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via email to Michelle Sanders, Macon County Public Defender’s Office at: msanders@court.co.macon.il.us

Application deadline: January 1, 2024 or until filled.

MCLEAN COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

The McLean County Public Defender’s Office is seeking an attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois for an entry level position as an Assistant Public Defender. Duties will include Traffic and DUI cases with various other duties as assigned.  (Rule 711 graduates and law students will also be considered.)  Please see the full job description, benefits, and application process here:

https://il-mcleancounty.civicplushrms.com/CareerPortal/JobDetail.aspx?enc=QPQDKqwXNuJybHyCBjvzpw1Y+Ht0/RgckwoGYMs8f8Sy8IVFh/uIvkuADOot2HJg

 

DEKALB COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

The DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office is seeking an attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois to fill a position as an Assistant Public Defender. Duties will include the representation of clients in felony criminal and traffic matters. 

Becoming an Assistant Public Defender would allow you to be involved with the defense of criminal charges within local government, ranging from negotiating dispositions on misdemeanor and traffic charges, litigating motions, and conducting jury and bench trials. Your day will consist of the preparation of the defense of criminal cases, from bond call through ultimate disposition. You will have endless opportunities to impact and make a difference within DeKalb County and to build working relationships with employees, countywide departments and the public.

Candidates must possess integrity, a desire to represent those unable to afford counsel, and strong research, writing and negotiation skills.  Applicants will need to be able to manage a caseload effectively, communicate with clients, opposing counsel and judges and possess the ability to effectively problem solve and work well both individually and in a team atmosphere.

Starting salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid vacation, participation in IMRF, and Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness* The position will remain open until filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer and are actively engaged in creating and maintaining a work environment characterized by diversity, equity and inclusion.

Please e-mail or mail a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to:

         Charles A. Criswell, Jr.
         DeKalb County Public Defender
         DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office
        133 West State Street, Sycamore, IL 60178
        ccriswell@dekalbcounty.org

* See Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Guidelines

DEKALB COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

The DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office is seeking an attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois to fill a position as an Assistant Public Defender. Duties will include the representation of clients in misdemeanor criminal and traffic matters as well as in juvenile abuse/neglect and delinquency cases.

Candidates must possess integrity, a desire to represent those unable to afford counsel, and strong research, writing and negotiation skills.  Applicants will need to be able to manage a caseload effectively, communicate with clients, opposing counsel and judges and possess the ability to effectively problem solve and work well both individually and in a team atmosphere.

Starting salary is $57,000 per year. Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid vacation, participation in IMRF, and Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness* The position will remain open until filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer and are actively engaged in creating and maintaining a work environment characterized by diversity, equity and inclusion.

Please e-mail or mail a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to:

Charles A. Criswell, Jr.
DeKalb County Public Defender
DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office
133 West State Street, Sycamore, IL 60178
ccriswell@dekalbcounty.org

* See Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Guidelines

SANGAMON COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY:

The Sangamon County Public Defender’s Office is seeking an attorney experienced in criminal law for a full-time assistant felony position. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. Previous professional experience in criminal law is required, with a minimum of 3 years of post- law school practice preferred. Candidates must be skilled in trial advocacy, with trial experience, and have excellent communication and organizational skills. A reputation for integrity and a commitment to the representation of those unable to afford counsel are qualities required for this position.

Salary is $70,000.00-$101,000.00, dependent on experience and qualifications. Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid vacation, and participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund’s pension plan.

The position is open until filled. To be considered, please mail or email a cover letter, resume, and a list of two references to Craig Reiser at Craig.Reiser@sangamonil.gov or at the Sangamon County Public Defender’s Office, 200 South Ninth Street, Room 301, Springfield, IL 62701.

WILL COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

WINNEBAGO COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

Entry Level Attorney:

The Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office is seeking attorneys licensed to practice law in Illinois or recent law school graduates who anticipate being admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois shortly to fill an entry level position as an Assistant Public Defender. Duties will include the representation of clients in criminal, traffic, juvenile abuse and neglect and juvenile delinquency cases.

Candidates must possess integrity and a desire to represent those unable to afford counsel. Training will be provided by the office, but prior experience in a criminal law firm or public defender’s office is preferred. The Winnebago County Public Defender’s office has a strong reputation for providing excellent legal representation to individuals who may not otherwise have access to quality defense services.

Benefits the Winnebago County Public Defender's Office offers are:

1. Professional Growth: The office offers a supportive and collaborative environment that fosters professional growth.  Attorneys have the opportunity to work alongside experienced attorneys, gain courtroom experience, and handle a wide range of challenging cases.

2. Social Impact: Working at the Winnebago County Public Defender's Office allows attorneys a chance to make a real difference in the community by providing crucial legal representation to individuals who are facing difficult circumstances. They will contribute to ensuring access to justice for all members of society.

3. Skill Development: Attorneys will enhance their legal skills and develop a deep understanding of criminal law and defense strategies. The diverse caseload will expose them to various aspects of the legal system, allowing for well-rounded growth as legal professionals.

4. Networking Opportunities: Joining the Winnebago County Public Defender's Office opens doors to a vast network of legal professionals and potential mentors.  Attorneys can build connections that will prove valuable throughout their careers.  In fact, three of the last five attorneys selected to be Winnebago County Associate Judges got their start in the Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office.

Starting salary is $63,000 per year. Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid vacation and participation in IMRF. The position will remain open until filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer and are actively engaged in creating and maintaining a work environment characterized by diversity, equity and inclusion.

Please e-mail or mail a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to:

Nick Zimmerman
Winnebago County Public Defender
Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office
400 West State Street, Suite 340
Rockford, IL  61101
NZimmerman@17circuit.illinoiscourts.gov

WINNEBAGO COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

Experienced Attorney:

The Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office is seeking an attorney experienced in criminal law for an open Assistant Public Defender position. Applicants must be currently licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. Prior criminal law experience is preferred, with three to five years of previous experience in litigation including legal research, motion practice, jury and bench trials and other courtroom duties necessary to the practice of criminal law.

Candidates must possess integrity and a desire to represent those unable to afford counsel. Candidates must be able to manage a caseload including effectively communicating with clients, opposing counsel and Judges. The Winnebago County Public Defender’s office has a strong reputation for providing excellent legal representation to individuals who may not otherwise have access to quality defense services.

Benefits the Winnebago County Public Defender's Office offers:

1. Professional Growth: The office offers a supportive and collaborative environment that fosters professional growth.  Attorneys have the opportunity to work alongside experienced attorneys, gain courtroom experience, and handle a wide range of challenging cases.

2. Social Impact: Working at the Winnebago County Public Defender's Office allows attorneys a chance to make a real difference in the community by providing crucial legal representation to individuals who are facing difficult circumstances. They will contribute to ensuring access to justice for all members of society.

3. Skill Development: Attorneys will enhance their legal skills and develop a deep understanding of criminal law and defense strategies. The diverse caseload will expose them to various aspects of the legal system, allowing for well-rounded growth as legal professionals.

4. Networking Opportunities: Joining the Winnebago County Public Defender's Office opens doors to a vast network of legal professionals and potential mentors.  Attorneys can build connections that will prove valuable throughout their careers.  In fact, three of the last five attorneys selected to be Winnebago County Associate Judges got their start in the Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office. 

Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid vacation and participation in IMRF. The position will remain open until filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer and are actively engaged in creating and maintaining a work environment characterized by diversity, equity and inclusion.

Please e-mail or mail a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to:

Nick Zimmerman
Winnebago County Public Defender
Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office
400 West State Street, Suite 340
Rockford, IL  61101
NZimmerman@17circuit.illinoiscourts.gov

KANE COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

Do you have a heart for service and a desire for immediate courtroom experience? Join the Kane County Public Defender’s Office representing diverse clients charged with traffic, criminal and juvenile matters.

Qualifications:

  • JD from an accredited law school
  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois or anticipating admission to Illinois bar
  • Ability to think critically about the merits of a case
  • Excels in fast paced work environment
  • Skilled multitasker
  • Creative problem solver
  • Patience. . .lots of patience

Benefits:

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Loan Forgiveness for Federal Student Loans
  • Complete health insurance benefits package including medical, dental, vision, FSA and IMRF
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Paid time off for holidays (14!)
  • In house CLE
  • Hybrid working environment
  • Salary of $62,000

No experience necessary. You will be welcomed and mentored by a team of experienced public defenders who will help you hone your skills. KCPDO is an eclectic group that thrives on collaboration. We are a creative group both in and out of the courtroom. We offer social, fun activities throughout the year. While we are passionate about what we do, we also have a healthy work/life balance.

If you have what it takes to stand with the marginalized members of our community against the arm of the government, join us and send your cover letter, resume, and references to Rachele Conant, Kane County Public Defender, Rconant@kanepublicdefender.org. We won’t ghost you.

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