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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2133 - EO Senior Assistant Public Defender

Job Description

GRADE: 314

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

This is a professional legal position for representing indigents in court cases.  An employee in this the class prepares and tries assigned felony cases.  The Senior Assistant Public Defender is responsible for an assigned case 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.

• Prepares and tries felony cases, primarily burglaries, felony thefts, drug cases and forgeries
• Interviews and discusses cases with clients, drug rehabilitation workers and investigators, and psychiatrists in connection with the preparation and trial of the felony cases
• Makes preparation for and handles preliminary hearings
• Makes preparation for and handles bond court
• Conducts negotiations and other dispositions of criminal cases
• Answers questions and handles unscheduled matters
• Determines whether client is indigent and petitions court to withdraw
• 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 application of legal principles to individual cases or problems
• The principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research
• The methods and practices of pleasing cases and of effective techniques in the prosecution of cases in court
• Federal and state laws, regulations, and local ordinances
• Court procedures and rules of evidence
• 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 and appraising facts, evidence, precedents and documents to ascertain the determining aspects of cases and to present such material in a clear and logical form, and in organizing such materials in clear and logical form for effective oral or written presentation
• Drafting legal instruments
• Presenting and arguing cases in court and in handling unanticipated problems smoothly
• 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 law school and four years’ experience in the practice of law, preferably including experience in trial work; 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