Mann Selects Next Assistant State’s Attorney

Mark Collins, Jr.

As soon as he receives word he has passed the bar exam, a Southern Illinois man will become the assistant state’s attorney in Bond County.

State’s Attorney Dora Mann has hired Mark Collins, Jr. from Dongola for the position.

He is currently working under a 7-11 license until his test result is received.

Mann, who was appointed state’s attorney last year after serving as assistant state’s attorney for 15 years, is pleased to have Collins on board. She said he will be an asset to the office and will mainly focus on juvenile law and traffic. She said those areas provide a lot of court time and help individuals in that role to learn lawyering skills very quickly.

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Collins graduated from Dongola High School in 2016. He attended SIU-Carbondale and graduated from the SIU-C law school.

He said he is excited to be working in Bond County. He said it’s been a challenge thus far; but the more challenging things are, the more exciting they are. He said Bond County seems to be more efficient than other places he’s seen and he enjoys the small county feel.

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While in school, Collins did some law work in Jackson County court.

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