Support Staff

Persons interested in applying for employment with the Office of the State Appellate Defender should submit a resume and cover letter to the appropriate office. List of State Appellate Defender offices.

Who we are
The Office of the State Appellate Defender is a state agency that represents indigent defendants in criminal appeals. The 1st District (Chicago) Office covers cases from Cook County and we are the agency's largest office with over 90 attorneys and 20 support staff. We offer excellent benefits and we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Chicago

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Elgin

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Mt. Vernon

Paralegal 

The Office of the State Appellate Defender has an opening for a Paralegal in the Fifth District office in Mt. Vernon, IL.

The Office of the State Appellate Defender is a state agency. The principal function of the agency is to represent indigent persons on appeal in criminal cases when appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court, the Appellate Court or the Circuit Court. The Office of the State Appellate Defender is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion, while providing a congenial atmosphere, competitive compensation package and an excellent benefit plan. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Education Requirements: Bachelor’s (preferred). 

Experience: A minimum of one year experience in a law office setting is preferred. 

Job Responsibilities will include: review appellate court records for completeness, if incomplete, take necessary steps to complete the records, act as the liaison between the office and appellate court clerk's office, the county clerks of the circuit court and the court reporters' offices, draft motions as required, data entry, preparation of correspondence, act as back-up for the Office Administrator, as necessary. This position is hybrid-based with 3 days in office. 

Requirements: We are looking for people with a good attitude, an ability to follow instructions, a superior work ethic, excellent communication skills, ability to troubleshoot/problem solve and the ability to work well with others. Knowledge of WordPerfect a plus. 

If you think this job is for you: Submit Cover Letter and Resume to osadhr@osad.state.il.us no later than February 9, 2023. Your cover letter should tell us why we should consider you for employment with our agency.

Salary range: Minimum $42,050, starting salary commensurate with experience.

Legal Secretary 

The Office of the State Appellate Defender has an opening for a Legal Secretary in the Fifth District office in Mt. Vernon, IL.

The Office of the State Appellate Defender is a state agency. The principal function of the agency is to represent indigent persons on appeal in criminal cases when appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court, the Appellate Court or the Circuit Court. The Office of the State Appellate Defender is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion, while providing a congenial atmosphere, competitive compensation package and an excellent benefit plan. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Education Requirements: High school or equivalent (preferred). 

Experience: A minimum of one year experience in a law office setting is preferred. 

Job Responsibilities will include: importing documents into a document storage system, preparation of form documents, data entry, scanning, filing, copying, receptionist duties, as well as legal secretary responsibilities. This position is office based 5 days a week.

Requirements: We are looking for people with a good attitude, an ability to follow instructions, a superior work ethic, ability to troubleshoot/problem solve and the ability to work well with others. Prior experience with any of the above listed tasks is preferred but not required. Knowledge of WordPerfect a plus.

If you think this job is for you: Submit Cover Letter and Resume to osadhr@osad.state.il.us no later than February 9, 2023. Your cover letter should tell us why we should consider you for employment with our agency.

Salary range: Minimum $34,490, starting salary commensurate with experience.

Ottawa

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Springfield

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