Under direction of the Director, Deputy Director or Supervisor, the Law Librarian conducts research on an inmate’s behalf. Provides support and research materials for inmates requiring legal information as it relates to their pending criminal charges and ongoing case. Provides recreational or public library services.
Key Responsibilities and Duties
Assist inmates in legal research in preparation of their case(s) in the law library; assists with the preparation of legal documents.
Holds “public” library sessions for inmates, assisting them with finding recreational, informational and educational books to read for leisure or education/information.
Maintains timely records and performs various other duties related to the law library services.
Relays confidential and important information; investigates special matters requiring confidential handling; helps adjust problems calling for non-routine decisions.
Observes any need for follow-up actions and assists with details; keeps supervisor informed of meetings, events and other matters of importance.
Read publications, regulations, and directives and takes action or refers those that are important to the supervisor and staff.
Prepares special or one-time reports, summaries, or replies to inquiries, selecting relevant information from a variety of sources such as reports, documents, correspondence, other offices, etc., under general direction.
Applies a comprehensive knowledge of word processing and other PC software applications and office practices; possesses a high degree of skill in applying software functions to prepare complex and detailed documents.
Independently completes assignments and resolves problems or oversees and directs others in such manner.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of word processing and other PC software applications and office practices and a high degree of skill in applying software functions to prepare complex and detailed documents.
Knowledge of good office management principles; excellent knowledge of business office practices, English, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Comfortable interacting and working closely with incarcerated individuals.
Proficient in extensive internet research; experience or familiarity with LexisNexis.
Possesses ability to read and interpret intricately detailed information.
Ability to interpret and understand complex legal statutes and language.
Ability to facilitate groups, classes and programming for inmates.
Ability to understand and carry out technical and complex instructions, written and verbal, and accurately relate instructions in full or part to others.
Ability to coordinate several tasks and perform well under pressure; ability to fill in for and perform the duties of other unit support staff; ability to relieve higher-level administrative staff.
Position requires extensive walking and physical movement throughout jail divisions.
Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and/or related field of study from an accredited college or university.
Possession of a current commission as a Notary Public and/or ability to acquire a Notary Public certification within six (6) months of employment.
Six (6) months or more of professional, full-time work experience in a position where one of your key job responsibilities was conducting legal research.
Demonstrates a general understanding of the Illinois Criminal Code (testing may be done).
Capable of working effectively in a fast-paced environment and the ability to travel long and short distances quickly and efficiently, including being capable of moving up and down several flights of stairs efficiently during a shift.
Availability to work: Monday-Friday, 7am-3pm or any non standard hours in/when operationally necessary.
Graduate degree from an accredited college or university.
Three (3) or more years of professional, full-time work experience as a Law Librarian in a correctional institution.
Six (6) months or more of professional, full-time work experience conducting legal research into criminal law issues.
Possession of a Paralegal Certificate.
Possession of a Paralegal Certificate.
The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee’s normal line of work.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office prohibits unlawful discrimination in its hiring and promotional process.
All Cook County Sheriff’s Office employees must apply on the internal employment page to be considered; the application may be accessed via the SheriffNet site.
Please Note: All Internal Applicants are subject to Cook County Promotional salary rules if selected.