Assistant Public Defender

Department: Office of the Macon County Public Defender
Posting Date: August 19, 2021
Application Deadline: October 1, 2021 or until the position is filled

Application Procedure

Submit resume and cover letter via (1) postal service or hand-delivery to 253 E. Wood Street, Room 209, Decatur, IL 62523 or (2) e-mail to Chief Public Defender Michelle Sanders at If selected for an interview, documentation of qualifications or letters of reference may be requested.


Dependent upon experience and job responsibilities assigned.

Job Description

An assistant public defender is a licensed attorney assigned to represent indigent defendants in cases involving (1) criminal offenses ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, (2) juvenile delinquency, (3) juvenile abuse/neglect, (4) serious traffic infractions, and (5) post-conviction proceedings. Attorneys may also represent clients involved in specialty courts such as Mental Health Court or Hybrid (Drug) Court.

Duties and Responsibilities

Represents indigent defendants/respondents as outlined above. Maintains communication with clients, including regular in-person visits, phone conferences, letters, and/or visits to correctional facilities. Performs as trial counsel by representing clients during courtroom proceedings. Researches case law and discusses trial strategy and plea offers with clients. Conducts investigations and negotiates plea agreements with the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Education and Experience

Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or equivalent degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school; currently licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois with no history of suspensions.

Macon County is an equal opportunity employer.

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