Criminal Appeals ASA

Job Title

Assistant State’s Attorney


Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, Criminal Appeals Division 

Richard J.Daley Center, 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL,60602

General Description

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (“CCSAO”) is seeking appellate lawyers for the Criminal Appeals Division. Both full-time and part-time positions are available. These are bargaining unit exempt positions

Working Environment and Reporting Structure

Assistant State’s Attorneys in the Criminal Appeals Division brief and argue cases in the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, under the guidance of the Division Supervisor, Deputy Supervisor and senior appellate attorneys.


Full-time Assistant State’s Attorneys in the Criminal Appeals Division are expected to file 2-3 appellate briefs each month in appeals arising out of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Filing requirements for part-time positions will vary. The briefs can include cases involving appeals from criminal convictions, juvenile delinquency adjudications, juvenile abuse and neglect findings, involuntary commitment and medication orders and asset forfeiture rulings. Typical recurring issues include evidentiary matters, sufficiency of the evidence claims, statutory construction questions, and constitutional challenges. In addition, ASA’s are expected to present oral argument before the court. Research projects for attorneys in the CCSAO trial division are occasionally assigned.


Applicants must have excellent academic achievement, strong verbal and written communication skills, solid work ethic, and attention to detail, accountability, sound judgment, and must uphold the mission and values of the CCSAO at all times. Applicants must have some experience with appellate practice, whether through school or work. No prior prosecution experience is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least two years of experience as a judicial clerk, Appellate Court research staff member, appellate practice in a governmental agency or associate in a lawfirm working on appellatematters.
  • Extensive experience involving law review, moot court competition and legalresearch andwriting.
  • Familiarity with Illinois criminal law andprocedure.
  • Licensed to practicein the State ofIllinois​

EEO Message

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office that applicants for employment are recruited, selected, and hired on the basis of individual merit and ability, with respect to position to be filled and potential for promotions or transfers which may be expected to develop. Applicants are recruited, selected, and hired without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), genetic information, citizenship, military service, marital status, parental status and disability. Furthermore, personnel procedures and practices with regard to training, transfer, compensation, demotion, layoff or termination are to be administered with due regard to job performance, experience and qualification, but without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or veteran/militarystatus