The St. Louis County Government Office of the Prosecuting Attorney is looking to hire an Attorney II in the Conviction and Incident Review Unit (CIRU).  The position works exclusively for the CIRU, which is an independent unit within the office that prosecutes police excessive force cases and other official misconduct.  The CIRU also reviews prior convictions for claims of innocence or government misconduct.

The Attorney II will be responsible for investigating and prosecuting allegations of official misconduct, including police excessive force, as well as reviewing and litigating instances of wrongful conviction.  Wrongful conviction instances include applications from individuals who are actually innocent or who have been subjected to deliberate misconduct by law enforcement.

Examples of Duties

Essential Function Examples

Investigate and prosecute cases of official misconduct, including excessive force by law enforcement.
Prepare cases for trial by interviewing witnesses, reviewing evidence and preparing trial presentations.
Perform detailed factual and legal research to review and litigate conviction review applications.

Write clear legal briefs and memoranda on issues related to both active cases and conviction review.

Communicate clearly, respectfully, and promptly with victims, conviction review applicants, and other members of the public.

Provide advice and counsel to assist management in making legally sound decisions.

Perform other duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must possess a Juris Doctor degree from an American Law School accredited by the American Bar Association, current licensure as an attorney by the Missouri Bar Association or eligibility to immediately waive into the Missouri bar and two years of related experience.  Candidates not currently licensed in Missouri who are unable to waive into the Missouri Bar would be eligible for hire after passing the Missouri Bar. Preferred candidates will have experience in handling cases independently, interviewing and communicating with victims, and managing investigations or other large projects.

Additional Information

SELECTION AND APPOINTMENT:  A selection committee will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant which will include recentness and appropriateness of the applicant’s education and experience, answers to the supplemental questions, results of employment references investigated and any other appropriate information available.

The selection committee will admit to the interview only those persons who possess the most job related qualifications and may establish admittance criteria beyond the minimum qualifications stated above.  The interview will comprise 100% of the applicant’s earned grade.  A candidate must earn a qualifying grade of 70 or more on the interview to be eligible for appointment.  After initial interviews with the selected candidates are conducted, an email will be sent to the address on file with instructions on how to complete and submit a Conviction Questionnaire.  Candidates have 3 days to complete the required questionnaire.

The five top ranking candidates, based on the final grade, will be certified to the Department Director/Appointing Authority who will make the final decision.

All applicants conditionally offered a merit position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Screening will be performed by a reputable clinical laboratory. The cost of screening will be covered by the County.

HOW TO APPLY:  Applicants interested in applying for this position should visit our website at .  We only accept On-line applications.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY:  The policy of the Civil Service Commission of St. Louis County is to support fair and equitable employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veterans’ status or political affiliation.  Call the Division of Personnel at (314) 615-5429 for more information on this policy.


St. Louis County
Division of Personnel, 7th Floor
Clayton, MO 63105
(314) 615-5429

Relay MO 711 or 800-735-2966
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Fax:  (314) 615-7703