JOB TITLE: 1st Assistant Public Defender, Jefferson County
This is a full-time position
COMPENSATION: Starting Salary of $81,000.00
Heath Insurance and other insurance package options
APPLY TO: Matt Vaughn, Jefferson County Chief Public Defender
Jefferson County Courthouse
100 S 10th Street
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
REQUIREMENTS OF APPLICATION: (Due November 1, 2021)
One page letter of application
Copy of Current A.R.D.C. card issued by Illinois Supreme Court
Please send the requirements of application to the following email:
of the email.
JOB DEFINITION: This job is concentrated in the defense of indigent individuals
as appointed by the Court. This includes generally the representation of clients in
juvenile, misdemeanor and felony cases as assigned by the Court and the Chief
Public Defender. The 1st Assistant Public Defender shall have knowledge and the
use of the following: Illinois criminal law, the Rules of the Illinois Supreme Court,
the Illinois Juvenile Court Act, the policies, rules and practices of the Jefferson
County Circuit Court and the Second Judicial Circuit.
NATURE OF WORK: Supervisory Relationships: The 1st Assistant Public Defender
shall be responsible to the Chief Public Defender and Judges of the Second Circuit.
The duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Interviews clients and witnesses to ascertain the facts of the case;
Conducts related investigations on behalf of clients;
Prepares case for trial;
Represents defendants in all aspects of the case to which they are assigned;
Conducts trial or hearing of a cause on behalf of the client, including advising
the client of their opinion as to the law and the facts;
Conducts all facets of the trial or hearings including examination or crossexamination
of witnesses, presentation of arguments to the jury, and
preparation of jury instructions;
Presents offers of negotiated/ settlement of a cause to the client including
appropriate admonitions, advisement of rights, and presentation of opinions as
to the merits of the case, both from a factual and legal point of view;
Reviews, analyzes and interprets reports, records, and directives;
Confers with other counsel, investigators and other support personnel, to obtain
data required for preparation and litigation;
Conducts themselves at all times according to appropriate professional, ethical
and moral standards.
1. Education: Possession of a law degree from an American Bar Association
(A.B.A.) accredited college or university is required.
2. Licensed and in good standing with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary
Commission of the Illinois Supreme Court required.
3. Appointed and removed by the Jefferson County Chief Public Defender.