Cook County*Offices*

Under The President

  • Administrative Hearings

  • Auditor

  • Bureau of Administration

  • Bureau of Economic Development

  • Bureau of Finance

  • Bureau of Human Resources

  • Bureau of Technology

  • Facilities

  • *Office of the President *

Job Summary

Generally, the attorney manager supervises and coordinates the activities of Assistant Public Defenders. Acts in a supervisory, administrative and technical capacity. Oversees and directs the daily activities of supervisees (all attorney levels except L4), including trial preparation, investigations, courtroom advocacy, written pleadings, brief filings, client relations, legal research and other activities normally associated with the delivery of legal services. Functions as a legal expert regarding proper case preparation, handling and disposition. Acts in the capacity of a resource person to provide both guidance and materials to ensure that the appropriate legal representation occurs. Responsible for the management and supervision of various activities, including planning and direction, personnel, and general administrative services. Confers with other supervisors to coordinate activities of individual divisions or units. Ensures standards and policy directives are achieved and maintained. Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules and expedites workflow. Issues written and oral instructions. Conducts performance evaluations of supervisees. Attends and represents the Office at meetings, conferences and other gatherings as assigned. Provides supervision of attorneys who provide legal services to or on behalf of clients at the police stations and other places of detention throughout Cook County who may be subject to interrogation. Serves, as needed, in weekend and holiday bond court and juvenile detention court.

*This position is actively recruited.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree* is required.**__

  • Maintain and provide proof of a current State of Illinois Law License in good standing. (Must provide current ARDC card at time of interview)**

  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience as an Assistant Public Defender –OR- as a criminal defense attorney, two (2) yearsof which are related to legal matters of a progressively difficult and complex nature is required.

  • Acted as lead counsel in at least four (4) felony jury trials to verdict –OR- acted as lead counsel in at least one-hundred (100) juvenile justice felony trials to finding -OR- acted as lead counsel in at least five (5) post-conviction evidentiary hearings to findings –OR- acted as lead counsel in at least ten (10) termination-of-parental rights trials to finding is required.**

  • Must be able to drive an automobile and have an Illinois Driver’s License is required. (Must provide proof at time of interview)

  • Must own or have access to an automobile throughout assigned shift is required.

*Applicant MUST list herein, either in the application, or in an uploaded resume or attachment, cases where he/she Acted as lead counsel in at least _four (4)_ felony jury trials to verdict –_OR-_ acted as lead counsel in at least one-hundred (100) juvenile justice felony trials to finding -_OR_- acted as lead counsel in at least five (5) post-conviction evidentiary hearings to findings_ –OR-_ acted as lead counsel in at least ten (10) termination-of-parental rights trials to finding. Failure to meet this condition will result in DISQUALIFICATION. *

*Degrees awarded outside of the United States with the exception of those awarded in one of the United States’ territories and Canada, must be credentialed by either the World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). Original credentialing documents must be presented at time of interview.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics

Possess highly advanced legal knowledge equivalent to that of a practicing criminal defense attorney or civil litigant, including, but not limited to areas such as criminal or civil procedure, trial advocacy, and evidence. Ability to understand and analyze complex legal and factual issues involved in cases and has a thorough knowledge of legal principles, concepts and vernacular. Knowledge of computer programs relevant to trial practice and presentation. Possess a high level of skill in managing, coordinating and supervising divisional operations and activities of attorneys assigned to the Unit. Possess excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively and persuasively communicate complex legal issues in the English language. Skilled in legal research. Possess excellent writing skills and the ability to write or dictate pleadings, motions, briefs, and other documents required by position, effectively and persuasively in the English language. Possess leadership and motivational skills necessary in dealing with co-workers, clients and others; ability to understand and interpret work roles and labor agreements as applied to the delegation of work assignments. Ability to assume responsibility for all cases and situations under designated area of supervision. Ability to control and allocate available resources to achieve project and/or organizational goals. Ability to perform tasks under highly stressful situations in diverse circumstances; skill in dealing with multiple cases and projects of varying complexity and priority. Ability to travel to work assignments, for which the employee may provide his or her own adequate means of transportation.

The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee's normal line of work.

Physical Requirements

Light Work

Light Work involves exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Even though the weight lifted may be only a negligible amount, a job/occupation is rated Light Work when it requires: (1) walking or standing to a significant degree; (2) sitting most of the time while pushing or pulling arm or leg controls; or (3) working at a production rate pace while constantly pushing or pulling materials even though the weight of the materials is negligible.


Job Posting: Mar 14, 2018, 11:26:42 AM

Closing Date: Mar 27, 2018, 11:59:00 PM

Organization: Offices Under the President

Req ID: 00120623