ASA, Law Enforcement Accountability Division (“LEAD”)

Job Title: ASA, Law Enforcement Accountability Division (“LEAD”)

Department: George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse, 2650 California Ave., Chicago, Illinois

Position Description: LEAD is seeking an Assistant State’s Attorney.   The Assistant State’s Attorneys in LEAD are responsible for reviewing allegations of on-duty misconduct by law enforcement officers throughout Cook County to determine whether prosecution is appropriate.  The Unit reviews all officer-involved shootings and deaths that occur in police custody, as well as allegations of excessive force, official misconduct, perjury, bribery, theft, obstruction of justice, aggravated/reckless discharge of a firearm, and sex offenses.  The Unit vertically prosecutes all cases resulting in criminal charges and presents evidence and witness testimony before the grand jury. This is a full-time bargaining unit exempt position

Working Environment & Reporting Structure:  Assistant State’s Attorneys assigned to LEAD report directly to the Supervisor of the Unit. LEAD falls under the Chief Ethics Officer, and their cases then are reported directly to the State’s Attorney.

Duties/Requirements: Assistant State’s Attorneys in LEAD are responsible for drafting internal memoranda summarizing investigations and supporting charging and declination recommendations. ASAs in the Unit have the opportunity to work with a variety of investigative partners including the Chicago Police Department, Civilian Office of Police Accountability, Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force, Cook County Sheriff’s Police, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.  ASAs will be on call for one week every eight weeks to respond to calls concerning fatal officer involved shootings which may require responding to police stations to interview witnesses and assist with other aspects of the investigation.  

Because of the specialized nature of the Unit’s work and the time needed to properly train new members of the Unit, the selected ASA should expect to remain in the position for a minimum of two years.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least two years’ experience as a prosecutor;
  • Strong research, writing, and oral advocacy skills; 
  • Willingness to become familiar with Title III, Confidential Overhears, and requirements for obtaining search warrants, particularly for cellular phone data and social media;
  • Strong organizational skills with great attention to detail;
  • Excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, and ability to promote team building and be a self-starter;
  • Sound judgment, critical thinking, analytical, and effective time management skills;

·     Must uphold the mission and values of the Office at all times;

  • Commitment to applying a vertical prosecution model including long-term investigations and complex trials with multiple crimes and defendants; and
  • Willingness to be vetted for assignment as a Special United States Attorney and willingness to partner closely with local and Federal law enforcement and Federal prosecutors


Contact:  To apply, forward a copy of your resume and statement of interest to Sonia Antolec, Director of Legal Hiring at  


Equal Employment Opportunity

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) is an equal opportunity employer, which seeks to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The CCSAO does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Upon request, the CCSAO will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals due to a disability or pregnancy.