Cook County Government ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER I in Chicago, Illinois

Cook County*Offices*

Under The President

  • Administrative Hearings

  • Auditor

  • Bureau of Administration

  • Bureau of Economic Development

  • Bureau of Finance

  • Bureau of Human Resources

  • Bureau of Technology

  • Facilities

  • *Office of the President *

Job Summary

Under general supervision, functions as an attorney performing entry-level legal work and related tasks in representing clients and matters accepted by or assigned to the Public Defender. Participates in and assumes responsibility for cases and matters of minor to moderate difficulty and complexity, particularly with respect to appeals, misdemeanors, delinquency petitions, abuse and neglect cases, habeas corpus, preliminary hearings and minor felonies. Provides legal services to or on behalf of clients who have been charged with criminal offenses in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Advises clients as to court procedures, possible defense postures and possible consequences of those actions. Consults with clients before, during and after courtroom proceedings. Provides legal services to or on behalf of clients at police stations or other locations throughout Cook County who may be subject to interrogation. Serves, as needed, in weekend and holiday bond court and juvenile detention court.

This position is Actively Recruited.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited school of law with a Juris Doctorate degree.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in Illinois or obtain license by the time of the interview. (Must provide proof of Illinois law license at time of interview.)
  • Must be able to drive an automobile and have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must own or have access to an automobile throughout assigned shift.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics

Ability to clearly, logically and effectively express verbal and written thoughts and opinions. Thorough and accurate knowledge of basic legal principles, concepts and vernacular. Ability to effectively communicate and interact with diverse cultures and low income persons in consultations, interviews and investigations. Ability to probe into sensitive social issues involving family, (i.e. sexual abuse, child abuse, substance abuse and domestic violence). Ability to conduct excellent trial advocacy work, interviews and investigations. Ability to consult with social workers, probation officers, medical experts, legal associates and others to assess the options available to the defense and to advise clients of the same.

Physical Requirements

Light Work

Light Work involves exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Even though the weight lifted may be only a negligible amount, a job/occupation is rated Light Work when it requires: (1) walking or standing to a significant degree; (2) sitting most of the time while pushing or pulling arm or leg controls; or (3) working at a production rate pace while constantly pushing or pulling materials even though the weight of the materials is negligible.

*The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee's normal line of work. *

Degrees awarded outside of the United States with the exception of those awarded in one of the United States’ territories and Canada must be credentialed by an approved U.S. credential evaluation service belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). Original credentialing documents must be presented at time of interview.*

*Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

*This position requires successful completion of post-offer tests, which may include a background check, drug screen and medical examination.


Job Posting: Jan 8, 2019, 10:49:24 AM

Closing Date: Feb 1, 2019, 12:59:00 AM

Organization: Offices Under the President

Req ID: 00122519