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Assistant Public Defender

Company: Lake County, IL
Location: Waukegan
Posted on: November 17, 2021

Job Description:

Are you looking for a challenging role within an organization that provides rewarding compensation, an excellent benefit package and career growth opportunities? If so, Lake County Government is the place for you. Comprised of nearly 3,000 employees, it is our goal to positively serve the residents of Lake County while working with a purpose. We believe our employees should take pride in the work they accomplish while truly respecting a collaborative work environment.

The Lake County Public Defender's Office represents indigent criminal defendants charged with crimes punishable by incarceration. The goal is to assure an excellent quality of legal representation that is not dependent on the wealth and status of the accused. Under the direction of the Public Defender, an Assistant Public Defender represents clients in court for arraignments, motions, trials, sentencing and all other related proceedings.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide legal representation, consultation, and advice to indigent clients charge with criminal offenses.
  • Prepare a defense, perform legal research and analyze and apply legal principles, gather facts, and interview the client and witnesses.
  • Work closely with clients, provide and discuss information, strategies, and developments.
  • Write motions, pleadings, and present legal arguments.
  • Prepare legal documentation and represent clients throughout the legal process.
  • Litigate pretrial discovery and pretrial motions.
  • Negotiate plea bargains.
  • Conduct jury and bench trials.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
    • Thorough knowledge of criminal law and procedure.
    • Strong research, analysis, decision-making and negotiation skills.
    • Ability to litigate criminal trials with aggressive motions practice and persuasive oral advocacy.
    • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Knowledge of criminal law, the judicial system, court practices, and procedures.
    • Ability to work under pressure with strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
    • Must have strong computer literacy.
      EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
      • A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited university.
      • Licensed and in good standing to practice law in the State of IllinoisPHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE POSITION:
        Requires mainly office work, involving standing or walking some of the time, exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular basis, and high dexterity operating office equipment including a keyboard, phone, copier, etc. May be in front of a computer monitor for more than six (6) hours possible. The position requires normal visual acuity and field of vision and the ability to hear and speak to understand, respond to and build relationships with a diverse clientele.

        Lake County offers a competitive salary and benefit package. We also offer flexible working hours, and a comprehensive wellness and training program. Visit our Prospective Employee page to get additional information on why you should work for Lake County!

        Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background screening, drug and alcohol testing and may include a pre-employment medical exam.

        Lake County is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Keywords: Lake County, IL, Waukegan , Assistant Public Defender, Other , Waukegan, Illinois

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