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Application Deadline:  October 25, 2019

The Office of the State Appellate Defender has openings for the position of Assistant Appellate Defender in SPRINGFIELD IL

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.  

Start date: January 21, 2020

Starting Salary:   $59,000 with excellent benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance.

Application Process:  Send Cover Letter and Resume via email to Catherine Hart at

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