Executive Director and General Counsel

Minimum Salary $115,914


The Illinois Courts Commission is hiring its first Executive Director and General Counsel. The 1970 Illinois Constitution created a two-tiered judicial disciplinary system, consisting of the Judicial Inquiry Board as the investigative and prosecutorial body and the Courts Commission as the adjudicative body. The same person will serve as both Executive Director and General Counsel of the Courts Commission and will have the responsibilities described below.

Essential Functions

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Supervise day-to-day operations of the Courts Commission.
  • Administer the docket of cases pending before the Courts Commission.
  • Oversee the scheduling of Courts Commission meetings and the preparation of meeting agendas and minutes.
  • Oversee the scheduling of Courts Commission hearings.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of the Courts Commission website and social media presence.
  • Hire and supervise staff (one or two individuals with responsibility for financial and clerical aspects of Courts Commission activities).
  • Prepare annual report and other reports as directed by the members of the Courts Commission.
  • Oversee the preparation, presentation, administration, and implementation of the budget of the Courts Commission.
  • Facilitate annual financial audit of the Commission.
  • Serve as a liaison with other State agencies.
  • Respond to inquiries from judges, lawyers, the public, and the media.

Legal Counsel, Research, Analysis, and Writing

  • Serve as the lawyer for the Courts Commission.
  • Prepare memoranda for the members of the Courts Commission concerning: legal, factual, or other issues pertaining to matters pending before the Commission; analysis of prior Commission decisions for relevant precedent regarding interpretation of Code of Judicial Conduct or appropriate disciplinary sanction; developments in other jurisdictions regarding judicial ethics, conduct, and discipline issues; and other issues as directed by the members of the Courts Commission.
  • Prepare draft opinions on matters heard by the Courts Commission.
  • Ensure compliance with the Courts Commission’s Rules of Procedure.
  • Recommend and draft new or amended Commission policies and procedures.

Training and Outreach

  • Provide orientation and training for Courts Commission members and staff.
  • Plan, organize, and conduct judicial ethics, judicial conduct, and judicial discipline training for judges independently of or in conjunction with judges’ associations, the Illinois Judicial College, and other organizations.
  • Develop and conduct outreach and community programs to increase the public’s awareness of the purpose and functions of the Courts Commission and the Code of Judicial Conduct.
  • Develop materials for public awareness and educational purposes.
  • Contribute to efforts to advance judicial ethics, judicial conduct, judicial discipline, and public confidence in the judiciary by, for example, participating in the activities of organizations devoted to those objectives.
  • Discharge other duties as assigned by the Commission.

Education and Experience

  • A Juris Doctor from an accredited law school.
  • Membership in, or eligibility to seek admission to, the Illinois Bar.
  • Minimum of eight years of legal work experience, including litigation.
  • Experience with judicial or lawyer ethical or disciplinary issues

Knowledge and Skills

Demonstrated ability to discharge all of the foregoing “essential functions” of the position, including by:

  • Handling confidential matters.
  • Producing strong legal analysis, research, and writing.
  • Writing clear and concise reports, complete with recommendations.
  • Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Serving as an effective educator, in formal and informal settings, for audiences ranging from Courts Commission members to judges to the public.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with judges, staff, supervisors, and other personnel.
  • Supervising and training non-lawyer staff.
  • Developing and adhering to a budget.
  • Exhibiting proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Applying knowledge of basic website design and development.

Physical Requirements

  • Professional office working environment requiring telephone and computer usage and ability to process written and electronic documents.
  • Ability to sit for extended time periods.
  • Ability to travel frequently statewide. Some out-of-state overnight travel may be required.

Completed application form with cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references must be received through the website of the Courts Commission (www.IllinoisCourtsCommission.gov) by 5 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2022.