Lake County State's Attorneys Office


Eric Rinehart

Title: Assistant State’s Attorney, Felony


The Criminal Division of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office is seeking an experienced attorney in our Felony Trial Division. Applicants should be prepared to handle a felony caseload that entails managing status hearings, plea negotiations, motion practice and trials. Criminal trial experience is required for this role.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Include the following. • Conducts felony bench and jury trials • Manages a felony court call • Takes direction from supervisors • Conducts felony motion practice • Performs comprehensive research • Works with SAO victim/witness counselors preparing victims, witnesses, law enforcement • Interacts effectively with law enforcement agencies, colleagues and Judges • Handles post conviction petitions • Maintains time management skills and is self-motivated QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must, at a minimum, meet the following qualifications: • Licensed for a minimum of three years with significant experience in criminal law. Prior work in prosecution is preferable. • Comprehensive knowledge of criminal law, judicial procedures, and rules of evidence • Ability to analyze facts and exercise sound judgment, determine appropriate case resolutions, and litigate in a courtroom • Willingness to mentor less experienced attorneys in the office • Ability to understand and utilize technology including, but not limited to, computer knowledge, courtroom technology, and courtroom presentations COMPETENCY To perform the job successfully, an individual must demonstrate the following competencies. • Candidates must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and be able to practice strategic thinking. • Organization, attention to detail, and sound judgment are required. • Candidates must take initiative and be adaptable to changes in the work environment • Dependability and punctuality are imperative for success in this role. EDUCATION and/or Other Requirements • Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree program from an American Bar Association approved law school. • Licensed Attorney in the State of Illinois. • Licensed for a minimum of three years with significant experience in criminal law. Prior work in prosecution is preferable. NOTE Reasonable accommodations may be made in order to perform the essential functions. This job description describes a general category of jobs. In order to meet the needs of Lake County Government or its departments, employees may be assigned other duties, in addition to or in lieu of those described above, and any duties are subject to change at any time. TO APPLY:

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