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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2145 - EO Principal Assistant State's Attorney

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Full Time / Exempt
GRADE: 315

POSITION SUMMARY
Performs complex level professional legal work in the State’s Attorney’s office; performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class acts as a lead in conducting legal research and represents the State’s Attorney in legal proceedings as assigned. Employees in this classification can be distinguished from other lower level state’s attorney classifications due to the high level of latitude and independence with their work . Work is performed under the a Supervising Assistant State’s Attorney.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Prepares and Tries criminal and civil cases in various courts
• Serves as the second chair during court cases
• Furnishes information on inquiries and complaints submitted to the office of the State’s Attorney
• Interviews witnesses, prepares motions and conducts research for future trials
• Responds to pretrial trial motions filed by defendants
• Conducts research and prepares various legal opinions on various legal questions for the County
• Prepares and reviews ordinances, resolution, contracts, deeds and other legal documents.
• Reviews Federal and State grant informal compliance conferences
• Assists in the training and guidance of Assistant State’s Attorneys
Prepares and presents reports as required
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Principles of civil and criminal law and of the methods and practices of pleading
• Judicial procedures and of the rules of evidence
• Principles, methods, materials, practices and references utilized in legal research

Skill in:
• Analyzing appraising and organizing facts, evidence and precedents to ascertain the determining aspects of cases and present such material in a clear and logical form
• Presenting and arguing cases in court
• Efficiently reacting and responding to unanticipated problems, questions and issues

Ability to:
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Carry out instructions furnished in writing, oral or diagram form, and to produce desired outcomes timely and completely.
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Supervises assigned personnel.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree and four (4) years of experience in the practice of law, including experience in legal research, lead worker experience and the independent handling of trial work; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Successfully complete the Illinois State Bar exam and be a member in good standing.