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NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN DISTRICTS OF IOWA

FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER
Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT 2201
ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER

The Federal Public Defender for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa is accepting
applications for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender, to be stationed in the Cedar
Rapids office. The Federal Public Defender, a branch of the United States Courts, operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Duties will include trial, appellate and ancillary matters under the direction and guidance of the Federal Defender. Travel throughout the state will be required for investigation and litigation. Experience representing accused persons and experience in federal court are preferred. The successful applicant will have demonstrated a capacity or aptitude for excellence in trial and appellate practice, a commitment to the representation of indigent accused persons, and a reputation for personal integrity.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited
law school and be a member in good standing of the bar of any state or territory. Proficient research skills and effective written and oral communication abilities are essential. Federal Public Defender attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the United States. Preference will be given to attorneys with at least three years of criminal defense experience. The entrance on duty for this position is no later than November 29, 2021.

BACKGROUND CHECK: The selected candidate will be subject to a background check and
subsequent favorable suitability determination as a condition of employment. Employment will be considered provisional until favorable suitability is confirmed.

SALARY: Commensurate to Assistant U.S. Attorneys with similar qualifications and experience. Electronic Funds Transfer is required for payroll direct deposit.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Electronically submit resume, writing sample and cover letter by
October 24, 2021 to Denise_Fest@fd.org. The email subject line must read: Cedar Rapids position announcement 2201. Preference will be given to applications received by October 24, 2021, however position open until filled. Only applicants considered for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

The Federal Public Defender is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.




MARION COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE

The Marion County Public Defender’s Office in Salem, Illinois, is seeking applicants for the position of Associate Public Defender. Primary responsibilities include representing indigent defendants in misdemeanor and traffic cases; representing respondents in juvenile abuse, neglect, dependency, or delinquency cases as well as mental health hearings; and providing representation to defendants in felony and other matters when the Lead Public Defender has a conflict of interest. This is a full-time position with a salary of $70,000 per year. Employees in this position participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, and a monetary stipend is provided for health insurance.

If interested, please submit a letter of application, résumé, and a list of three professional references to:

Hon. Mark Stedelin
Marion County Courthouse
100 East Main Street
Salem, IL 62881

All applications must be received no later than Friday, October 22, 2021, at 4:00 P.M. The anticipated start date for this position is November 1, 2021, or as soon thereafter as may be practicable.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS

NOTICE: FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER IN THE 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. This position is headquartered in East St. Louis, Illinois. This is a four year appointment at the current salary of $172,500. The Federal Public Defender provides criminal defense services to those who cannot afford counsel. See 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(g)(2)(A).

Applicants should possess 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 federal criminal defense experience at the trial and appellate levels; (3) a demonstrated ability to provide zealous representation of consistently high quality; (4) effective office administration skills; (5) a reputation for integrity; (6) a commitment to the representation of those unable to afford counsel; and (7) a commitment to equal justice under the law. Qualified candidates will be considered equally and without regard to race, sex, religious affiliation, national origin, age, or disability. Application and instructions are available on the Court of Appeals website at www.ca7.uscourts.gov.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 12:00 p.m., Central Standard Time,
October 29, 2021.


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
     400 West State Street, Suite 340
     Rockford, IL  61101
     NZimmerman@17thcircuit.illinoiscourts.gov

JEFFERSON COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE

JOB TITLE: 1st Assistant Public Defender, Jefferson County
                 This is a full-time position

COMPENSATION: Starting Salary of $81,000.00
                          IMRF
                          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
                email: pdsecretary19@gmail.com

REQUIREMENTS OF APPLICATION: (Due November 1, 2021)
     One page letter of application
     Resume
     Copy of Current A.R.D.C. card issued by Illinois Supreme Court
     Completed Application from the Jefferson County web page found at: 
         http://www.jeffersoncountyillinois.com/sites/default/files/Application%20for%
         20Employment.pdf

     Please send the requirements of application to the following email:
     pdsecretary19@gmail.com with "1st Assistant Public Defender" in the subject line
     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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
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.