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 Applicant may be required to submit additional materials and/or complete job specific tests for the position.

POSITION: Appellate Court Research Attorney PDF form Job Vacancy Announcement
DIVISION: 1st District Appellate Court  
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.  
SALARY: $62,244 per year  
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Legal Research Director  

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Appellate Court Research Attorney researches and prepares legal memos and drafts appellate orders and opinions for the First District Appellate Judges.


  • Researches and analyzes law regarding issues addressed by parties or the court.
  • Reads and examines briefs and records; determines relevant cases to be read; verifies the jurisdiction of the court.
  • Writes proposed dispositions, memoranda, orders, opinions or other legal documents.
  • Prepares commentaries or memoranda of law accompanying proposed dispositions.
  • Reads petitions for rehearing on assigned cases as needed, researches or redrafts as requested by authorizing judge and panel.
  • Confers with judges, law clerks and other staff attorneys on assignments and corresponding analysis.
  • Tracks status of pending cases through court clerks.
  • Studies current legal publications, recent opinions of the Illinois Supreme and appellate courts and other relevant state and federal cases, reviews recent legislation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association is required. Applicant should possess excellent research, case analysis and 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.

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume including grade point average, writing sample and law school transcript via regular mail to:

Kathleen Warnick
Legal Research Director
First District Appellate Court
160 North LaSalle Street, Room N1400
Chicago, IL  60601

 Applicant's information must be received by Monday, September 16, 2019.
(Please no telephone calls or email)