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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2144 - EO Senior Assistant State’s Attorney

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Full Time / Exempt
GRADE: 314

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

An employee in this class conducts legal research and represents the State’s Attorney in legal proceedings as assigned. The distinguishing feature between this class of attorney and the Assistant State’s Attorney is the degree of independence and latitude given when making prosecutorial decisions. The work is performed under the supervision of a Supervising Assistant State’s Attorney.

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 misdemeanor and traffic cases in various courts
• Serves as a third chair position during court cases
• Interviews witnesses, prepares motions and conducts research for future trials
• Responds to pretrial trial motions filed by defendants
• Attends various courts for arraignments, probation hearings, pretrial and post trial motions and sentencing
• Prepares briefs as Appellant and Appellee in Illinois Courts of review and in Federal courts
• Confers with Probation Department regarding the initiation and disposition of juvenile matters and represents the State’s Attorney’s Office in the adjudication and disposition of juvenile cases in court
• Handles legal aspects of support cases
• Prepares cases and tries violations of unemployment compensation and State income tax laws.
• Prepares periodic activity reports
• Assists in the training and guidance of Assistant State’s Attorneys
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• 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.

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


Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree and three (3) years experience of relevant legal experience, preferably including experience in trial work; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

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.

Successfully complete the Illinois State Bar exam and be a member in good standing.