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Henry County Illinois (located in Western Illinois, part of the greater Illinois Quad Cities area) is accepting resumes and cover letters for the position of Assistant Public Defender in the Henry County Public Defender’s Office. Deadline for receipt of resumes and cover letters is April 22, 2020 or until filled. 

Applicants must be currently licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois or anticipate being licensed by the time of hiring. Applicants must be comfortable communicating and working with the public. Applicants must be able to pass a background check. Experience is preferred but not required. 

Job Duties: Representation of clients in felony, misdemeanor, juvenile and traffic cases.

Salary: $53,000.00 annually 

Benefits: Fourteen paid holidays, paid vacation and paid sick leave. Health, dental and vision insurance. Paid training to go toward fulfillment of Mandatory Continuing Education Hours. Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension. 

Resumes and cover letters can be mailed to Henry County Public Defender’s Office, 307 W. Center St., Cambridge, Il 61238 or e-mailed to Any questions or inquiries should be directed to or (309)937-3531.


The Effingham County Public Defender’s Office has an opening for an entry-level attorney position. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply but all levels of experience will be considered. Preferred start date is between the middle of May 4, 2020. To be given full consideration, resumes with references should be received by April 1, 2020, with possible interviews to follow. EOE/AA.

Please send resumes and cover letter to: 

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

FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER POSITION - Southern District of Illinois

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is accepting applications from all qualified applicants for the position of Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Illinois headquartered at East St. Louis. The appointment is for four years at a current salary of  $170,800. The Federal Public Defender, under authority of 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(g)(2)(A), provides criminal defense services to individuals unable to afford counsel. The courts are an equal opportunity employer and all applications will be subject to the same standard of review.

An applicant should have the following qualifications: (1) a member in good standing in the bar of each state in which admitted to practice; (2) a minimum of five years criminal practice experience, preferably with significant experience in federal criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels, which demonstrates an ability to provide zealous representation of consistently high quality to criminal defendants; (3) the ability to effectively administer the office; (4) a reputation for integrity; (5) a commitment to the representation of those unable to afford counsel; and (6) have demonstrated a commitment to equal justice under the law. Applications and instructions can be obtained by accessing the Court of Appeals website at

Completed applications are to be received by March 30, 2020.