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WINNEBAGO COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE

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.

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

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 $46,000 per year. Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid vacation and participation in IMRF. The position will remain open until filled.

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


SANGAMON COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE

The Sangamon County Public Defender’s Office is seeking an attorney experienced in criminal law for an open assistant felony position. Applicants must be currently licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. Previous professional experience in criminal law is required, with a minimum of 5 years of post- law school practice preferred. A successful applicant must be skilled in trial advocacy, with jury trial experience, and have excellent communication and organizational skills.

 

A reputation for integrity and a commitment to the representation of those unable to afford counsel are qualities required for this position. Full-time assistant public defenders may not engage in the private practice of law. Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. Benefits include health and dental insurance and participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund’s pension plan.

 

The position is open until filled. To be considered, please mail or email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to:

 

Craig J. Reiser, Sangamon County Public Defender

Sangamon County Public Defender’s Office

Sangamon County Complex, Room 301

200 South Ninth Street

Springfield, Illinois 62701

Craig.reiser@co.sangamon.il.us

 


SANGAMON COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE

The Sangamon County Public Defender’s Office is accepting applications for the following position:

 

Assistant Public Defender (Full-Time): Depending on experience and qualifications, the successful candidate will be assigned to some or all of the following matters: traffic, misdemeanor, juvenile delinquency, juvenile abuse and neglect, bond hearings and first appearances, probation revocation matters, as well as other duties as assigned.

 

Applicant must be a law school graduate and member in good standing of the Illinois Bar, or a law school graduate waiting to be sworn in. Applicant must possess excellent research and writing skills, excellent oral advocacy skills, word processing capability, time management skills, and the ability to understand and manage complex legal and factual issues. A reputation for integrity and a commitment to the representation of those unable to afford counsel are qualities required for this position. Full-time assistant public defenders may not engage in the private practice of law. Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. Benefits include health and dental insurance and participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund’s pension plan.

 

This is an entry level position. New law school graduates and those waiting to be sworn in are encouraged to apply. The position is open until filled. To be considered, please mail or email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to:

 

Craig J. Reiser, Sangamon County Public Defender

Sangamon County Public Defender’s Office

Sangamon County Complex, Room 301

200 South Ninth Street

Springfield, Illinois 62701

Craig.reiser@co.sangamon.il.us

 



KNOX COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE

The Knox County Public Defender’s Office is accepting applications for a full-time Assistant Public Defender (APD) position. 

Candidates must be members in good standing of the Illinois bar.  Integrity, prior experience in a criminal courtroom, excellent research and writing skills, the ability to work well with others, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to public service and the representation of individuals who are unable to retain counsel are required. 

The ideal candidate must be able to make critical decisions independently and perform the duties of the position with minimal supervision.  The ability to provide excellent client service, coordinate multiple tasks efficiently, and utilize technology to enhance effectiveness is essential. 

Salary is commensurate with experience.  Application deadline is May 7, 2021. 

Qualified persons may apply by faxing or emailing a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to: 

David M. Hansen
Knox County Chief Public Defender’s Office
200 South Cherry Street, 2nd Floor
Galesburg, Illinois 61401
TELEPHONE:  (309) 345-3876
FAX: (309) 341-1961


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