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JUDICIAL BRANCH EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - 1st District Appellate Court - Research Attorney

   Applicant may be required to submit additional materials and/or complete job specific tests for the position.

POSITION: Appellate Court Research Attorney PDF form Job Vacancy Announcement
DIVISION: 1st District Appellate Court - Chicago  
BENEFITS: An attractive judicial branch benefits package is offered, including pension, medical, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as deferred compensation and generous leave time.  
SALARY: $62,244  
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Legal Resarch Director  

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Appellate Court Research Attorney researches and prepares legal memos and drafts appellate orders and opinions for the First District Appellate Judges.


  • Researches and analyzes law regarding issues addressed by parties or the court.
  • Reads and examines briefs and records; determines relevant cases to be read; verifies the jurisdiction of the court.
  • Writes proposed dispositions, memoranda, orders, or other legal documents.
  • Prepares commentaries or memoranda of law accompanying proposed dispositions.
  • Reads petitions for rehearing on assigned cases as needed, researches or redrafts as requested by authorizing judge and panel.
  • Confers with judges, law clerks and other staff attorneys on assignments and corresponding analysis.
  • Tracks status of pending cases through court clerks.
  • Studies current legal publications, recent opinions of the Illinois Supreme and appellate courts and other relevant state and federal cases, reviews recent legislation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association is required. Applicant should possess excellent research, case analysis and writing skills.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  This position requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time.  This is a professional office working environment requiring telephone usage and the ability to process written documents.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume including grade point average, writing sample and law school transcript via regular mail to:

First District Appellate Court
Attention:  Kathleen Warnick, Research Staff Director
160 North LaSalle Street, Room N1400
Chicago, IL  60601
                     Applicant's information must be received by Monday, April 8, 2019.
    (Please no telephone calls or email)