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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 $54,000 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



WILL COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE

The Will County Public Defender’s Office is seeking attorneys licensed to practice law in Illinois for positions as Assistant Public Defenders Misdemeanor or Juvenile Division. Please see the full job description, benefits, and application process here:



KANE COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE

The Kane County Public Defender’s Office is seeking licensed attorneys or law school graduates who anticipate being admitted to the Illinois Bar for an entry level position as an Assistant Public Defender.  Attorneys will be assigned to represent clients in traffic, criminal, juvenile, and abuse and neglect cases.
  
Applicants should have strong research, writing, and negotiation skills, be able to communicate effectively with our diverse clients, and possess the ability to litigate motions and trials.  Training and continuing legal education is provided by the office.  Spanish speaking is a plus.

Salary is $59,000 per year with benefits which include health, dental, vision, and participation in IMRF. 
 
To be considered, please email your cover letter, resume, and references to Rachele Conant, Kane County Public Defender, RConant@KanePublicDefender.org.


WHITESIDE COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

The Whiteside County Public Defender’s Office in Morrison, Illinois, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of full-time Assistant Public Defender. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and be in good standing. Primary responsibilities include the representation of indigent clients in misdemeanor, traffic, and respondents in juvenile abuse, neglect, dependency or delinquency cases, along with other duties as assigned. Training for this position will be provided. 711’s are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Whiteside County is a small community of about 56,000 in northwestern Illinois. It is just 2 hours from Chicago, and only 45 minutes from the Quad Cities, with a reasonable cost of living. Whiteside County has its main courthouse in Morrison, with an eastern branch location in Sterling.

Salary range, depending on experience: $61,000-$67,000

Benefits: Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Time, Paid Personal Time, IMRF, and Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness*

Send resumes to:

          Jennifer M. Kelly
          Whiteside County Public Defender 
          Whiteside County Courthouse
          200 E. Knox Street
          Morrison, IL 61270
          Or
          E-mail to: publicdefender@whiteside.org

* See Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Guidelines


EFFINGHAM COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

The Effingham County Public Defender’s Office has an opening for an entry-level attorney position.  Recent law school graduates and Rule 711 senior law students are encouraged to apply but all levels of experience will be considered.  Position will remain open until it is filled.  EOE/AA.

Work is assigned by the Chief Public Defender and will primarily be traffic, misdemeanor and juvenile cases, with the opportunity for more challenging assignments commensurate with the individual’s interest and aptitude. Salary is fixed by the Effingham County Board and is currently authorized at $53k. IMRF. Health, vision and dental available. Paid holidays, vacation, sick and personal time.

Residence in the county is not required, but the applicant must be able to reliably commute. No “on-call,” weekend, holidays, or after-hours duties.

Please send resume and cover letter to:

          Scott Schmidt
          Effingham County Public Defender 
          120 West Jefferson, Ste. 301
          Effingham, IL 62401


CHRISTIAN COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

The Christian County Public Defender’s Office is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Public Defender for an anticipated opening in May of 2022. This is a great opportunity to work in a small, collaborative office and gain hands-on courtroom experience. The attorney will represent indigent clients in all types of cases including juvenile, criminal, and traffic. The salary range starts at $45,000 and increases based on experience. Benefits include participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and eligibility for federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Christian County is just a short drive from Springfield, Illinois. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois upon hiring with no history of suspensions.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Chief Public Defender Tiffany Senger at tiffany.senger@ccpdefender.com.


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.

Starting salary is $50,000 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@17thcircuit.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.

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@17thcircuit.illinoiscourts.gov