Executive Office Attorney

Website Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBLITIES: The Executive Office Attorney serves as in-house legal counsel for the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. This position performs professional legal work of an administrative nature and conducts legal research, prepares legal documents, and provides legal advice to the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts and judicial officials. Work is performed with considerable independence and latitude for professional judgment under general supervision. This position has the flexibility to be located in either Chicago or Springfield.
• Conducts legal research and prepares memoranda of law.
• Provides legal, procedural, and policy advice to judges, the Administrative Office, judicial branch entities, court personnel throughout the state, and other parties involved in the court system.
• Confers with the Administrative Director and office staff on varied legal, policy, and strategic planning matters including the ramifications of current or proposed legislation, office regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, and activities.
• Serve as primary governmental affairs liaison for the branch.
• Reviews and analyze proposed legislation affecting the judicial branch and recommend changes or course of action.
• As directed, draft proposed legislation or amendments.
• Serves as primary point of contact for the AOIC’s contractual lobbyist.
• Serves as AOIC liaison and provides staff support to Judicial Conference committees, Supreme Court committees, Lawyers Assistance Program, and Conference of Chief Circuit Judges, including attending meetings, coordinating meeting time and place with members, preparing meeting agenda and materials, preparing reports and proposals to the Supreme Court, preparing annual reports, documenting minutes of meetings, performing legal and policy analysis, drafting memorandums of law and correspondence, drafting contractual agreements, and managing projects.
• Drafts, revises, or review Supreme Court rules, orders, administrative rules, Supreme Court policies, or Administrative Office policies.
• Supervises the administration of Supreme Court Rule 711-temporary licensing of law school students and graduates.
• Participates in planning of judicial and multidisciplinary conferences and as requested, speak on legal topics at conferences.
• Drafts and negotiate commercial leases and serve as primary point of contact for landlords.
• Provides legal support for enforcement of commercial leases.
• Drafts, negotiates, and reviews vendor and professional services contracts and grant agreements and manage requests by judges to contract with state agencies.
• Researches and drafts vote memoranda and narrative agenda items for the Administrative Director’s Administrative Agenda to the Supreme Court.
• Reviews and analyzes lawsuits filed against state-paid judicial branch officers and employees, manage representation through the Office of the Attorney General, and monitor cases.
• Responds to written requests received under the Freedom of Information Act and other correspondence from the public.
• Responds to policy and legal telephone inquiries from the public and the bar.
• Provides project management of ad hoc special projects, pilot programs, and policy initiatives.
• Participates in judicial branch strategic planning.
• As needed, assists with legal review of external and internal audit inquiries.
• Assigns and review the work of support staff.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

To apply for this job email your details to courtemployment@illinoiscourts.gov