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  • January 24, 2023 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is seeking volunteer judges for its Midwest Regional competition on February 10-12, 2023. The competition will take place at Loyola University School of Law Chicago. The Jessup International Moot Court Competition is a simulation of a case before the International Court of Justice. 

    Please email midwest@ilsa.org if you are available and interested in volunteering.

  • January 19, 2023 7:35 PM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

    The Illinois Appellate Court, Third Judicial District, is accepting applications for the position of Clerk of the Court.  This is a highly responsible professional, supervisory, and administrative position.

    The Clerk is responsible for administering all phases of work in docketing case flow management and other areas of operations necessary to execute the responsibilities of the office.  Duties include supervising the filing and intake of court documents, overseeing the oral argument calendar, managing budget expenditures and procurement, supervising and managing staff,  coordinating the administrative functions of the court, and conferring with court justices about court policy and planning.  This position requires an on-site presence at the courthouse in Ottawa, Illinois, Monday through Friday, and on weekends as duties may require.

    Applicants must have a J.D. and a minimum of five years' progressively responsible experience or training in the processing of litigating either trial or appellate court cases.  

    Additional details about the position, including how to apply, may be found in the following vacancy announcement.  Applications must be received on or before February 7, 2023.
  • January 17, 2023 12:02 PM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

    Justice Judy Cates of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth Judicial District, is accepting applications for an in-chambers appellate court judicial secretary/law clerk in St. Clair County, Illinois.  The duties include legal research and analysis, and the drafting of judicial opinions, orders, and memoranda. The position also requires performance of administrative duties, including correspondence with the courthouse and other chambers, maintenance of court files, tracking of motions and cases, and other duties as assigned.  The annual salary is $87,391. 

    Applicants must be graduates of an ABA-accredited law school with strong academic records; superior skills in legal research, analysis, and writing; the ability to work independently; familiarity with Microsoft Office programs; outstanding communication, computer, and organizational skills; and the ability to utilize electronic platforms, including videoconferencing, and related technology.  Writing experience, such as Law Review, or similar journal experience, is preferred, but not required.  Preference will be given to those with an Illinois law license, and prior experience as a judicial law clerk or research attorney.

    The position will be available on March 13, 2023, and will remain open until filled, although those submitting applications before February 3, 2023, will be given first consideration.  Interested individuals should submit - via e-mail - a cover letter, resume (including the applicant's GPA, class rank and bar status), one complex writing sample (not just a simple motion), and three references to: mmurphy@illinoiscourts.gov.

    Additional information about the position may be found here.

  • January 02, 2023 9:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, is seeking an Appellate Court Research Attorney. 

    Benefits: An attractive judicial branch benefits package is offered, including pension; medical, dental, vision and life insurance; deferred compensation; and earned leave time.

    Minimum Salary: $71,737 per year

    Essential Responsibilities: The Appellate Court Staff Attorney will perform legal research, analysis, and writing for the Fourth District Appellate Court.

    Functions Include: Legal research and analysis of issues asserted by parties to the appeal and/or the court; review and examine briefs and records; determine relevant cases to be reviewed and/or cited; verification of jurisdiction; writing proposed dispositions, memoranda, and other documents; preparation of memoranda accompanying proposed dispositions; confer on a regular basis with judges, law clerks, and staff attorney colleagues on assignments and associated research, writing, and analysis; make recommendations to supervising attorneys and justices; remain current on legal publications, recent opinions of the Illinois Supreme and appellate courts, and other relevant state and federal cases; and perform other duties as assigned.

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association is required. Candidate must possess superior research, analytical, and writing skills. Candidates must have strong information technology skills including proficiency with commonly used office software such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Acrobat. Competence in the use of web-based case management software and the ability to perform legal research electronically is required.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS This position requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time. 

    Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, resume, professional writing sample, law school transcript, and three references to: ac_district4_clerk@illinoiscourts.gov.

    Deadline to apply is January 6, 2023.

  • January 02, 2023 9:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Justice Ann Brackley Jorgensen of the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, seeks a Judicial Secretary/Law Clerk for an opening in her chambers in Wheaton, Illinois.

    BENEFITS: An attractive judicial branch employee benefits package is offered, including pension; medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, deferred compensation; and vacation. 

    SALARY: $87,391 per year

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES: The Judicial Secretary/Law Clerk conducts legal research and drafts memoranda, orders, and opinions for the justice. The position additionally requires administrative duties, including corresponding with the courthouse and other chambers, tracking the status of motions and cases, paying bills, and maintaining case files. Applicants must have exceptional organization skills.

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school and licensed in Illinois or pending bar examination in Illinois. Prefer prior experience as a judicial law clerk and/or legal practitioner but will consider all applicants with an excellent academic record and superior research/writing skills.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time. This is a professional office working environment requiring telephone usage and the ability to process written documents.

    To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, one writing sample, law school transcript, and two references to justiceannjorgensen@gmail.com.  The position will remain open until filled.

  • December 26, 2022 11:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Third District Appellate Court has posted a job vacancy announcement for an Appellate Court Research Attorney position.  The job is located in Ottawa, Illinois. The information contained in the posting can be found below:

    Salary: $71,737 per year

    Benefits: An attractive judicial branch benefits package is offered, including pension, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, as well as deferred compensation and generous leave time.

    Essential Duties: This position involves research and drafting of appellate opinions for seven justices.

    Experience, Education, and Training Requirements: Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association is required. Candidate must have excellent writing and analytical ability. License to practice law in the State of Illinois is preferred but not required.

    Physical Requirements:  Ability to sit for extended time periods. Professional office working environment requiring telephone usage and the ability to process written documents.

    Interested individuals should submit, via email, a letter of interest, resume with GPA, and a writing sample to: ldonahue@illinoiscourts.gov. Applicants may be required to submit additional material or complete job specific tests for this position. 

    Applicants' information should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be received by January 18, 2023. 

  • December 16, 2022 1:44 PM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

    The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that Judge Linda Davenport has been appointed to the Illinois Appellate Court, Third Judicial District, effective December 21, 2022.  Judge Davenport will fill the vacancy created by Justice Mary K. O'Brien's election to the Illinois Supreme Court.

    In 2006, Judge Davenport was first appointed as an Associate Judge in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit.  She was reappointed in 2011 and 2015, and in 2018 won election as a Circuit Court Judge in the Eighteenth Circuit.

    Before joining the bench, Judge Davenport spent 28 years in private practice. During that time, she also served as a hearing officer for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and a City Council Member in Wheaton, Illinois.  Judge Davenport earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado and earned her Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law.

    The Illinois Supreme Court's announcement of Judge Davenport's appointment may be found here.  The ALA congratulates Judge Davenport on her appointment to the Third District.

  • December 16, 2022 1:07 PM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

    Justice Eugene Daugherity of the Illinois Appellate Court, Third Judicial District, has retired, and the Illinois Supreme Court has assigned Justice Adrienne Albrecht to the Third District to fill that vacancy.  Justice Albrecht's assignment took effect December 12, 2022.

    Justice Daugherity had been appointed to the Third District to fill the vacancy created by Justice Robert E. Carter's appointment to the Illinois Supreme Court in 2020.  Justice Daugherity was first appointed to the bench in 2001 in the Circuit Court for Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.  He was elected to the circuit court in November 2002 and was retained in 2008, 2014, and 2020.  Justice Daugherity served as the Presiding Judge of the Civil Division in LaSalle County from January 2010 to his appointment to the appellate court.

    Before joining the bench, Justice Daugherity worked in private practice in Ottawa, Illinois, since 1982.  Justice Daugherity earned his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University and his Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law, where he graduated with honors.

    Justice Albrecht served as a resident circuit judge on the Circuit Court for the Twenty-First Judicial Circuit in Kankakee County from 2006 until her retirement in 2022.  She won election in 2008 and retention in 2014. 

    Before serving on the bench, Justice Albrecht worked for 26 years in private practice.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law.

    The Illinois Supreme Court's announcement of Justice Albrecht's assignment to the Third District can be found here.  The ALA congratulates Justice Daugherity on his retirement and distinguished career, and congratulates Justice Albrecht on her assignment to the Third District.

  • December 13, 2022 3:47 PM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

    The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that it is assigning Cook County Circuit Judge David R. Navarro to the Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District, effective February 6, 2023.  Judge Navarro is being assigned to fill the
    vacancy created by the assignment of Justice Mary Mikva to the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Maureen Connors.  The assignment is will continue until further order of the Court.

    Justice Connors has served on the bench since 1988, when she was selected to serve as an associate judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.  As an associate judge, Justice Connors served in Traffic Court, Domestic Violence Court, the First Municipal District Court, and the Fifth Municipal District Court in Bridgeview, Illinois.  She was elected as a circuit judge in 1994 and assigned to the Probate Division, where she served until her appointment to the appellate court in October 2010.

    Judge Navarro was appointed to the Cook County Circuit Court in May 2017 and won election in 2018.  He was named Supervising Judge of the
    Pretrial Division in January 2020, and was named Acting Presiding Judge of the Pretrial Division in November 2021.  He currently sits on the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee as well as several Illinois Supreme Court Subcommittees.

    Before joining the bench, Judge Navarro served as the Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau for the Office of the Illinois Attorney General from 2009 to 2017, and previously served in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office as an Assistant State's Attorney and Supervisor of the Professional Standards Unit.

    Judge Navarro earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago and earned his juris doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law.

    The Illinois Supreme Court's announcement of Judge Navarro's appointment may be found here

    The ALA congratulates Justice Connors on her retirement and Judge Navarro on his appointment to the appellate court.

  • December 06, 2022 9:44 AM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

    Judge Doris Pryor has been appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit after being confirmed by the Senate on December 5, 2022.  President Biden nominated Judge Pryor to the Seventh Circuit in May 2022 to fill the vacancy created by Judge David Hamilton's taking senior status.

    Judge Pryor has served as a magistrate judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana since 2018.  She received her J.D. from Indiana University's Maurer School of Law in 2003, served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Lavenski Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 2003 to 2004, and served as a law clerk for Judge J. Leon Holmes on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas from 2004 to 2005.  After her clerkships, Judge Pryor served as a Deputy Public Defender for the Arkansas Public Defender's Commission and an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana., where she served as its National Security Chief from 2014 to 2018. 

    The Appellate Lawyers Association congratulates Judge Pryor on her appointment to the Seventh Circuit.

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