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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2132 - EO Assistant Public Defender

Job Description

GRADE: 313

Under direction; performs work of moderate difficulty in providing legal defense for indigents; performs related work as required.

These are professional legal positions for representing indigents in court cases.  An employee in this class prepares and tries assigned misdemeanor and juvenile cases.  The Assistant Public Defender is responsible for his/her assigned cases from the inception to their ultimate disposition.  The work is performed under the direction of the Public Defender.

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.

• Provides legal representation to indigent clients for bench and jury trials in misdemeanor and juvenile courts
• Represents indigent clients in pretrial conferences with State's Attorney and/or judges
• Confers with clients during course of case
• Conducts legal research and makes preparation for trial and motions
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

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:
• The principles, methods and materials of legal research
• Court procedures and the rules of evidence
• The application of legal principles to individual cases or problems
• The principles, methods, materials, practices and references utilized in legal research
• Current office practices, procedures, and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Analyzing, appraising and organizing facts, evidence and precedents to ascertain the determining aspects of cases and to present such material in a clear and logical form
• Conducting legal research
• Preparing legal documents and records
• Efficiently reacting and responding to unanticipated problems, questions and issues
• Interpreting laws and ordinances
• Using computer hardware and software including work processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations, and services of office to which assigned

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Graduation from an accredited School of Law and one to two years of relevant legal experience; which may be as a Law Clerk, or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

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.

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.

Membership in the Illinois State Bar.