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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2135 - EO Supervising Assistant Public Defender

Job Description

GRADE: 315

Under direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in planning, organizing and directing the activities of a small staff of subordinate attorneys and/or is responsible for preparing complex or specialized cases for trial; performs related work as required.

This is a professional legal position with responsibility for supervising subordinate attorneys in the felony division or attorneys in the misdemeanor and juvenile courts.  Direction is received from 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.

• Supervises the representation of felony criminal cases of clients assigned the Public Defender of DuPage County
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Represents clients who have unusual cases and problems
• Performs and directs research on legal issues and investigation
• Reads new case opinions and literature about criminal law
• Trains new felony attorneys
• Answers questions of attorneys and other offices
• Handles and directs emergency and unusual situations
• Counsels and monitors attorneys in the misdemeanor and juvenile or felony divisions to ensure that they are properly prepared and attending to cases in their assigned courtroom
• Provides assistance to the attorneys in their assigned courtrooms
• Represents indigent defendants as well as replacement for attorneys who are unable to attend to their assigned court
• Meets with judges, the Probation Department, and other department heads to ensure proper inter-office functioning and to evaluate the performance of subordinate attorneys
• Meets with community organizations as well as holding office meetings concerning intra-office functioning
• Schedules preparation and changes due to emergency cases as well as attorney illness
• Develop and present current legal topics for continuing legal education (CLE) credit
• 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
• Judicial procedures and the rules of evidence
• The methods and practices of pleading cases in court
• Federal and state laws, regulations and County ordinances
• Management and leadership principles
• 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 legal documents in complex and difficult cases
• Organizing legal materials in clear and logical form for effective verbal and written presentation
• Planning, assigning, and reviewing the work of subordinate attorneys, and clerical and investigation personnel
• 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

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
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Prioritize and assign work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Graduation from an accredited law school, preferably with specialization or emphasis in municipal or criminal law, and five 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 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.