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Employment

Employment

The Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office employs 16, including assistant state’s attorneys, administrative assistants, paralegals, a victim advocate and a business manager.

The office always seeks bright, talented, and ambitious individuals who are committed to public service.

If you would like to apply for a position within the State’s Attorney’s Office, send a cover letter and resume to Lisa Byrd, Business Manager, Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office, 1001 Walnut St., Murphysboro, IL 62966.

Your resume will be kept on file for a period of 18 months. In the event that an opening becomes available, we will consider your resume at that time.

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Internships

The Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office has internships available for qualified high school and undergraduate students interested in a career in law, as well as qualified law students, including Rule 711 internships.

Interns are required to assist the support staff and assistant state’s attorneys in the division to which they are assigned.  Interns will have the opportunity to observe courtroom procedures as well as participate in other office functions.

The purpose of the internship program is to provide students with a working knowledge of the functions of a law office.  It is the State’s Attorney’s hope that our internships will encourage further education and help in future successful career choices.   Internships are unpaid, but can receive course credit.  Interns are sought year round.

If you would like to apply for an internship with the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office please submit a cover letter, resume and qualifications to Sharee Langenstein, Assistant State’s Attorney, Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office, 1001 Walnut St., Murphysboro, IL  62966 or e-mail to sharee.lagenstein@jacksoncounty-il.gov

Current Employment Opportunities

The Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office is seeking to fill 3  vacancies, an Assistant State’s Attorney position, a Victim Advocate and  an Administrative Assistant position.

The Assistant State’s Attorney duties include assisting in the prosecution of criminal case in Jackson County.  The ASA would be responsible for handling one or more caseloads within the criminal docket.

Qualifications are an Illinois law license; (1)Entry Level and (1) 3-5 years of legal experience.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Excellent fringe benefits (health insurance, IMRF pension, etc).

Send resume to: 

Lisa Byrd, Business Manager, Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office, 1000011 Walnut Street, Murphysboro, IL  62966 or via e-mail to:  lisa.byrd@jacksonocunty-il.gov  No phone calls please

The Administrataive Assistant duties include the following:

  •  Respond to public inquiries either in person or by phone
  • Open and maintain case files by entering reports, documents, and witness information
  • File court documents with the Circuit Clerk
  • Assist attorneys with providing discovery to defense
  • Prepare bond forfeitures and arrest warrants
  • Prepare and issue summons to defendants
  • Prepare and issue court notices to police officers
  • Prepare and issue subpoenas to witnesses
  • Prepare and issue writs
  • Accurately file documents into files
  • Assist in opening Matter files
  • Close out case files in case management system
  • Assist support staff as necessary

The administrative assistant will perform other clerical duties as needed and should have the ability to multitask with attention to detail.

Required skills:

  •  Clerical and office skills
  • Familiar with current office equipment
  • Proficient in Word and Excel
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload
  • Ability to meet all deadlines adequately and efficiently

Position requires 40 hours per week – Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and includes paid holidays, excellent benefits including health insurance and IMRF pension eligibility.

Job Type: Full-time

Starting Salary: $28,500 annually

Please send resumes to lisa.byrd@jacksoncounty-il.gov.

 

 

The Victim Advocate duties include the following: 

  • Act as a liaison between prosecuting attorney and victims in plea negotiations.
  • Provide conflict resolution between departments, individuals, and existing parties.
  • Participate in the sexual assault review team and make recommendation regarding victim’s wishes.
  • Locate and interview victims/witnesses that are needed for court appearances.
  • Facilitate and participate in all pre-trial interviews regarding testimony and statements of witnesses and victims.
  • Facilitate and participate in all pre-trial meetings with the victims in any sexually related crime.
  • Coordinate victim/witness travel for court appearance.
  • Assist prosecutors during trial with victim/witness management
  • Compile and analyze facts pertaining to court cases prior to going to trial
  • Monitor and implement the program for Diversion participants.
  • Communicate regularly with facilitators of the Batterers Intervention program and update the victim on defendant’s progress.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations regarding victim’s needs and interest in pending criminal cases.
  • Review/monitor/track all reports regarding violent crime for prosecuting attorneys and victims.
  • Attend court with all victims/witnesses of violent crime and victims of domestic related crimes.
  • Assist victims in completing paperwork associated with completing order of protections and other stay away orders.
  • Supervise advocacy interns.
  • Apply and procure grants annually and recommend modifications to existing grants.
  • Conduct training for law enforcement agencies and community members.
  • Send letters to all victims outlining their rights and advocacy services
  • Meet with all DV victims that come into our office and explain DV program and services.
  • Contact all victims that did not respond to the letter and arrange meetings to discuss services, and rights, and advocacy options.
  • Conduct highly confidential interviews regarding testimony and statements of witnesses and victims.
  • Document and track victim services that are provided for each DV victim.
  • Document information for prosecutor regarding DV cases and victim’s wishes regarding potential outcomes.
  • Participate in team meetings regarding Diversion Program participation.
  • Meet with the victims and explain the diversion program and provide frequent updates on program progress. 

 Legal experience preferred 

Position requires 40 hours per week- Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and includes paid holidays, excellent benefits including health insurance and IMRF pension eligibility.

 Job Type:  Full-time

 Salary will be commensurate with experience

Please send resumes to: lisa.byrd@jacksoncounty-il.gov 

 

 

 

It is the policy of the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office to provide equal opportunity in employment to all employees and applicants for employment. No person will be discriminated against in employment because of race, military status, sexual orientation, religion, pregnancy, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

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1001 Walnut Street
Murphysboro, IL 62966

618-687-7200

Hours of Operation

8am – 4pm
Monday through Friday
Closed on all Federal
and State holidays.