Winnebago County State's Attorneys Office


Marilyn Hite Ross

Title: Entry Level Assistant State’s Attorney


The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office is currently seeking attorneys to fill open positions in our criminal bureau. Positions include DUI/Traffic, Misdemeanor, felony, juvenile delinquency and abuse & neglect. Entry level positions start at $45,000. Benefits include participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, health insurance, paid holidays, sick and vacation accruals. The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office is a great place to get courtroom experience for young/newly licensed attorneys. Please email resume, cover letter and writing sample to


Assistant State’s Attorney’s must possess a law degree and must be licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. Previous experience preferred but not required. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: • Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary job duty in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. • Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze and interpret the law, police and expert reports. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from general public, social service and government agencies, judges, and other attorneys. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques and styles. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to judges, jurors, public groups and other attorneys. • Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. • Organizational Skills: Ability to prepare required filings in a timely manner. • Technological Skills: Ability to utilize various forms of computer software for drafting legal documents as well as in court presentations such as Microsoft Word, Power Point etc. • Communication Skills: Maintain open communication with supervisor and co-workers. Respond promptly to email, voice mail and other requested communication. • Licenses: Must be licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois. CHARACTERISTICS UNIQUE TO THIS POSITION: Ability to switch focus often to meet the immediate needs of the caseload assigned. Willingness to work in all units within the State’s Attorney’s Office. Willingness to assist other attorneys and staff as needed. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 1. Reviews police reports to determine criminal charges, secures additional information from law enforcement personnel when necessary. Must determine appropriate criminal charges by applying the facts of the case to the law. 2. Performs or directs prosecution within any unit of the office. May deal with litigation in other specialized areas of law. 3. Performs pre-trial planning, gathers and analyzes evidence and police reports. Secures and coordinates witnesses and prepares them for court. Prepares trials and motions which would include research regarding issues before the court. Develops trial strategies and prepares for pre- and post-trial motions, subpoenas and other legal documents. Prepares post-conviction responses, motions as well as prepares Pen Statements. 4. Engages in pre-trial negotiations, when appropriate in order to dispose of cases prior to the trial date and reduce the court docket and expenditures and reach a just result for the victim and the People of the State of Illinois. 5. Meets regularly with and works extensively with a variety of government, social service and law enforcement organizations and special committees. Works with victim service providers to ensure compliance with the law. 6. Attends conference or seminars as needed ensuring MCLE credit hours are fulfilled. 7. Performs all other duties as assigned.

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