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Assistant Attorney General - Criminal Appeals - Chicago

Title: Assistant Attorney General

Division: Criminal Appeals - Chicago


The Criminal Appeals Division is the sole office responsible for briefing and presenting oral argument on behalf of the People in criminal cases before the Illinois Supreme Court. We regularly brief and argue federal habeas corpus cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit after defending those cases before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois. Our practice also includes the filing of petitions for writs of certiorari, briefs in opposition, and merits briefs in the United States Supreme Court; briefing and presenting oral argument in all five districts of the Illinois Appellate Court; defending the constitutionality of criminal statutes at the circuit court level throughout Illinois; and drafting and reviewing legislative proposals related to criminal law. Our cases typically involve constitutional or statutory construction issues and can present matters of first impression. Assistants are encouraged to collaborate to deepen their understanding of Illinois criminal law and ensure its principled application and development.

Assistants enjoy a great deal of autonomy in briefing and arguing cases under the guidance of the division chief and supervising attorneys. Recent cases handled by the division include: People v. Pepitone, 2018 IL 122034; People v. Encalado, 2018 IL 122059; People v. Manning, 2018 IL 122081; People ex rel. Berlin v. Bakalis, 2018 IL 122435; Riley v. Calloway, 882 F.3d 738 (7th Cir. 2018); Snow v. Pfister, 880 F.3d 857 (7th Cir. 2018); and Long v. Pfister, 874 F.3d 544 (7th Cir. 2017).


The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience as a judicial clerk, appellate court research staff member, or associate in a law firm; newly licensed attorneys with federal habeas and/or appellate experience should also feel free to apply. Candidates must be licensed in Illinois at the time of application.

Salary: Salaries start at $65,000.

To ensure full consideration, please send a cover letter, resume, references, two writing samples, and a copy of your law school transcripts to:

Attorney Recruiting
Attn: Adelaida Otero
Office of the Attorney General
100 West Randolph, 12th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 814-3695
(312) 814-5024 (Fax)

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