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Judicial Assistant

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The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is recruiting for the position of Judicial Assistant to the
Hon. Elaine E. Bucklo. The incumbent will serve as an assistant to the Judge assuming full responsibility for
management and administration of the Chambers.


Duties include performing a wide variety of administrative functions in support of chambers, including receiving
telephone calls and visitors; coordinating staff responsibilities; making arrangements for official travel; acting as
liaison between chambers and other court offices; and resolving questions that require full knowledge of the business
of the court. The position requires the ability to exercise independent judgement, good communication skills, and
excellent grammar, punctuation and spelling. Experience with CMECF (PACER) is preferred.



General Experience
Progressively responsible general clerical or administrative experience which provided a good knowledge of office
clerical practices such as filing, telephone usage, and typing.

Specialized Experience
Progressively responsible secretarial experience that involved responsibility as the principal office assistant to a
supervisor who was dealing with law-related matters (such as might be found in a law, insurance or real estate
Compensation will be based on qualifications and the experience level of the successful candidate:

Educational Substitutions
Education in a college, university or secretarial school of recognized standing may be substituted for a maximum of
one year of the general experience on the basis of 30 semester (45 quarter) hours equals nine months of experience.
A bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing may be substituted for two years of general
experience. Preferably, such degree should have included courses in law, government, public or business
administration or related fields.

Education in a legal or paralegal curriculum may be substituted for a maximum of two years of specialized
experience on the basis of one full academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) equals one year of experience.
Less than one full year of study will be credited on a pro-rata basis.


The United States District Court offers a generous benefits package to full-time, permanent employees, which
• 11 Paid Federal Holidays
• 13 Days Paid Vacation (per year for the first three years)
• 20 Days Paid Vacation (after three years)
• 26 Days Paid Vacation (after fifteen years)
• 13 Days Paid Sick Leave
• Paid Parental Leave
• Medical, Dental, Vision Coverage
• Life Insurance
• Thrift Savings Plan with matching funds (401k & Roth 401k style)
• Participation in Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS-FRAE)
• Health, Dependent, & Parking Reimbursement Programs
• Public Transit Subsidy Program
• Long-Term Care Insurance
• Employee Assistance Program, which provides free counseling, financial assistance, and basic legal services
to all eligible employees
• Access to an Infant Care and Toddler Care Center (onsite and near the building).
• A Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is available to certain full-time employees with qualifying
student loans.
• The Federal Financial Management Reform Act requires direct deposit of federal wages
Further details regarding Federal benefits may be viewed at: ILND Benefits


Consideration will only be given to those who apply through the court’s online applicant tracking system and
provide a cover letter, resume and provide two professional references. To view openings and to apply, visit
our applicant tracking system at: ILND Jobs
Due to the volume of applications received, the Court will only communicate with those applicants who will be
interviewed. Applicants selected for interviews will be communicated to only through email and must travel at
their own expense and relocation expenses will not be reimbursed. Applicants will be screened to determine
their experience and qualifications.

All new employees must be fully vaccinated (i.e., at least 2 weeks after last dose) for COVID-19 and, prior to the
starting with the Clerk’s Office, present proof of vaccination or submit a request in writing for an exemption to this
requirement on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief or medical condition. Prior to appointment, the finalist
candidate will be required to satisfactorily complete a criminal background investigation. The Court requires
employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct which is available upon request. Direct deposit is required for payment of
compensation for employees. Employees of the District Court, Northern District of Illinois are excepted service
appointments. Employees are considered at-will and are not covered by federal civil service classifications or
regulations. The United States District Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Diversity is important to the Judiciary. It is an essential component of services that the Judiciary is charged with
providing to maintain justice, equality, fairness, respect, and dignity in society. To fulfill its duties, the Judiciary
must include all members of society—not just regardless, but also inclusive of race, gender, disability, and the many
other variables that make up the citizens of our nation. The Judiciary has a duty to promote a fair, just, and
sustainable model of inclusive democracy and social justice that surpasses any governmental entity in the history of
this nation or of any other nation.
To be eligible for employment, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(1) U.S. citizen;
(2) Person who owes allegiance to the U.S. (i.e., nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern
Mariana Islands);
(3) Person admitted as a refugee or granted asylum who has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful
permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or
(4) Lawful permanent resident (i.e., green card holder) who is seeking citizenship. A lawful permanent resident
“seeking citizenship”:
a. May not apply for citizenship until he or she has been a permanent resident for at least five years (three
years if seeking naturalization as a spouse of a citizen);
b. Must apply for citizenship within six months of becoming eligible; and
c. Must complete the process within two years of applying (unless there is a delay caused by the processors
of the application).
The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, or to withdraw the
announcement, any of which may occur without prior written or other notice.
The Northern District of Illinois is home to the five largest cities in Illinois: Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, and
Naperville. Also known as “The Windy City,” Chicago is the third most populous city in the U.S. with over 2.7
million inhabitants and nearly 10 million people living in the Chicago metropolitan area. With Lake Michigan as its
eastern border, Chicago covers more than 237 square miles.
Chicago is home to numerous museums and cultural institutions including Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum,
Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium. A center of art and culture, Chicago has
over 200 theaters, nearly 200 art galleries, and more than 7,300 restaurants.
Known for its magnificent skyline, Chicago is home to buildings designed by some of the world’s most renowned
architects including Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe, who designed the
Dirksen Courthouse.
Major Chicago universities include University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Loyola University, University
of Illinois Chicago, DePaul University and Illinois Institute of Technology. Professional Chicago sports teams
include the Bulls (NBA), Sky (WNBA), Bears (NFL), Cubs (MLB), White Sox (MLB), Fire (MLS), Chicago
Blackhawks (NHL), and Red Stars (NWSL). Chicago is a major world finance center. The Federal Reserve Bank of
Chicago, the Chicago Stock Exchange, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
are within blocks of the Courthouse. The Northern District of Illinois is home to three international airports including
O’Hare International Airport, among the busiest airports in the world.

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