Monday, October 24, 2005


ASSISTANT ATTORNEY -Water Reclamation District

DUTIES: Performs the less difficult legal work involved in interpreting and applying laws related to the functions of the District, prepares legislative measures and cases and does other work as required.

REQUIREMENTS: The following requirements must be met:
1. Graduation from an accredited law school with a Doctor of Law (Juris Doctor) degree or equivalent.
2. One year of service with the District as a Senior Legal Assistant or two years with the District as a Legal Assistant. Civil service status in one of the aforementioned classes.
3. Admission to practice before all courts of the State of Illinois within one year of employment as an Assistant Attorney.

SALARY: The 2005 salary range is $64,938.90 to $97,156.54 per year.

THE EXAMINATION will consist of an oral test, including a research project, weighted 90%, an efficiency rating weighted 5% and a seniority rating weighted 5%. Candidates must achieve a passing score on each test to be eligible to compete in each subsequent test and to have their names placed on the eligible list. The oral test will assess candidates’ knowledge, skill and ability in areas such as State and Federal law including the civil code of the State of Illinois; employment and real estate law; ethics; problem solving; legal analysis and reasoning; legal research; effective written communication, including the ability to persuade others in writing; and oral communication, including the ability to persuade others and to comprehend an oral argument and communicate an appropriate response in the interest of the client.

1. Applications may be obtained from the Personnel Public Service Office of the District by phoning (312) 751-5100 or by visiting the District’s web site at The filing period for this examination will be from Friday, October 21, 2005 through Friday, November 4, 2005. Completed applications must be filed by one of the following methods:
a. Delivered to the Personnel Public Service Office, weekdays from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from October 21, 2005 through November 4, 2005.
Sent by mail to the Personnel Public Service Office, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, First Floor, 100 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Applications submitted by mail must bear a postmark no earlier than October 21, 2005 and no later than November 4, 2005.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application form is completed and submitted in a timely manner by one of the methods described above. Descriptions and dates of education and experience should be very clear so that it is understood exactly how the applicant meets the promotional requirements.
2. The research project will be available for approved candidates on Friday, November 18, 2005 at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Personnel Public Service Office, First Floor, 100 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Candidates, or their representatives, are responsible for picking up the research project. No copies will be mailed.
3. Approved candidates must complete and return the research project no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2005 to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Personnel Public Service Office, First Floor, 100 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL. The research project is not to be brought to the oral test.
4. Candidates must submit the research project by the due date and time to continue in the examination process. Candidates who do not submit the research project by the due date and time will not be scheduled for the oral test.
5. The tentative date of the oral test is Friday, January 20, 2006 and other dates that may be necessary to accommodate the number of candidates. Candidates will be informed by mail of the date, time and place of the oral test.

APPOINTMENTS will be made from an eligible list with three categories: A (Exceptionally Well Qualified), B (Well Qualified) and C (Qualified). Candidates in the highest category will be given first consideration for appointment. This examination is also being given on an Original Entrance basis. In instances where both Original Entrance and Promotional eligible lists result from an examination process, it is the District’s practice to appoint only from the Promotional eligible list until all names from that list have been considered. The probationary period for this classification is one year. The eligible list has a duration of three years.


Reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with applicable laws. Requests for testing accommodations are to be made within one week after the close of the filing period. For information regarding testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities, phone (312) 751-5175.

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