Labor/Employment Attorney

Website Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBLITIES: The Labor/Employment Attorney performs highly responsible labor relations legal work in support of the Illinois Courts. This position represents chief circuit judges and circuit court clerks in labor relations matters (excluding the litigation phase), negotiates labor contracts, and provides legal counsel on labor and employment matters. Work is performed with considerable independence and latitude for professional judgment in consultation with chief judges and circuit clerks. This position has the flexibility to be located in either Chicago or Springfield.
• Plans strategies for collective bargaining and labor relations and confers with judicial officers or other court system managers to plan local court strategy for contract negotiations.
• Consistent with Supreme Court policies and standards, provides legal advice to judges and court managers on labor relations and employment matters.
• Conducts labor/management relations activities including meetings with union officials and bargaining teams for the purpose of negotiating collective bargaining agreements.
• Conducts meetings with judicial employers and managers and various county officials to discuss, develop and finalize bargaining objectives.
• Reviews and drafts contract proposals and counterproposals for negotiations.
• Discusses and advises employer representatives on the status of negotiations, union positions and proposals, possible resolutions, and alternatives to union proposals.
• Prepares correspondence related to labor relations activities such as existing contract amendments and clarification on union positions and proposals.
• Research labor and employment laws and administrative findings, wage data and surveys and other matters concerning Human Resource issues.
• Provides legal, procedural, and policy advice to the Administrative Office, judicial branch entities, and other parties involved in the court system.
• Drafts and negotiates commercial leases and serve as primary point of contact for landlords.
• Provides legal support for enforcement of commercial leases.
• Serves as AOIC liaison and provides staff support to Judicial Conference, and/or Supreme Court committees, boards and commissions, 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 reviews Supreme Court rules, orders, and policies.
• Researches and drafts vote memoranda and narrative agenda items for the Administrative Director’s Administrative Agenda to the Supreme Court.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

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