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Assistant Appellate Defender 



The Office of the State Appellate Defender has openings for the position of Assistant Appellate Defender in Chicago, Elgin, Ottawa, Springfield and Mt. Vernon. Assistant Appellate Defenders provide criminal appellate representation to indigent clients in the Illinois Appellate Court and Illinois Supreme Court. We are looking for attorneys with exceptional written and oral advocacy skills who bring creativity and passion to the defense of their clients. Criminal defense experience is a plus, but not a necessity. Responsibilities include reading records, conducting research, drafting briefs and other documents, and presenting oral arguments.

The Office of the State Appellate Defender is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion, while providing a congenial atmosphere, a competitive compensation package and an excellent benefit plan. The successful candidate may be eligible to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Candidates should have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school and be licensed in Illinois or be able to obtain an Illinois license.

Application Process: Submit cover letter and resume no later than August 17th to the office in which you would like to apply. Please see email addresses below.

Start date: September 16, 2020

Starting Salary: $61,000 with excellent benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance.



Equal Opportunity Employer.


Chicago: 1stdistrict@osad.state.il.us

Elgin: 2nddistrict@osad.state.il.us

Ottawa: 3rddistrict@osad.state.il.us

Springfield: 4thdistrict@osad.state.il.us

Mt. Vernon: 5thdistrict@osad.state.il.us