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Assistant Public Defender I
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Cook County Sheriff | Chicago, IL
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Job Description

Minimum Qualifications

* Graduation from an accredited school of law with a Juris Doctorate degree.
* Must be licensed to practice law in Illinois or obtain license by the time of the interview. (Must provide proof of Illinois law license at time of interview.)
* Must be able to drive an automobile and have a valid driver's license.
* Must own or have access to an automobile throughout assigned shift.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics

Ability to clearly, logically and effectively express verbal and written thoughts and opinions. Thorough and accurate knowledge of basic legal principles, concepts and vernacular. Ability to effectively communicate and interact with diverse cultures and low income persons in consultations, interviews and investigations. Ability to probe into sensitive social issues involving family, (i.e. sexual abuse, child abuse, substance abuse and domestic violence). Ability to conduct excellent trial advocacy work, interviews and investigations. Ability to consult with social workers, probation officers, medical experts, legal associates and others to assess the options available to the defense and to advise clients of the same.

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.

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.

* 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 an approved U.S. credential evaluation service belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). Original credentialing documents must be presented at time of interview.
* Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.
* This position requires successful completion of post-offer tests, which may include a background check, drug screen and medical examination.


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