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


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

POSITION: Appellate Court Senior 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: $67,230 Commensurate with experience  
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Legal Resarch Director  

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The Appellate Court Senior Research Attorney performs professional legal work in assigning, reviewing and performing legal research, technical support and other professional legal services. Work is performed with considerable independence under the supervision of the Legal Research Director and is reviewed through conferences and reports.

FUNCTIONS INCLUDE:

  • Assists the Legal Research Director in assigning and reviewing the work of a moderate to large staff of research attorneys.
  • Reviews legal analysis of research attorneys prior to submission to court for accuracy, clarity and conformity to established procedures and rules.
  • Advises research attorneys on research methodology, court rules and points of law.
  • Researches 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.
  • Reads petitions for rehearing on assigned cases as needed, and researches or redrafts as requested by authorizing judge and panel.
  • Confers with judges, law clerks and other staff attorneys on assignments and corresponding analysis.
  • Studies current legal publications, recent opinions of the Illinois Supreme and Appellate Courts and other relevant state and federal cases; interprets new statutes according to legislative intent and reviews recent legislation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association is required and a minimum of five years of legal experience.  Criminal law experience preferred.  Applicant must be licensed in Illinois and an attorney in good standing.

Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of general law, state laws, established precedent and sources of legal reference; working knowledge of court procedures and rules of evidence; skill in analyzing legal issues and writing persuasively; ability to apply legal principles and specialized knowledge to individual cases and problems; ability to appraise and organize facts, evidence and precedents; ability to assign and review the work of research attorneys prior to submission to court for accuracy, clarity and conformity to established procedures and rules; ability to advise research attorneys on research methodology, court rules and points of law; and excellent analytical, organizational and interpersonal 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.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample via regular mail to:
 
First District Appellate Court
Attention:  Kathleen Warnick, Legal Research Director
160 North LaSalle Street, Room N1400
Chicago, IL  60601
 
                     Applicant's information must be received by Friday, November 2, 2018.

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