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Job Openings

West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. (WTLS) has two immediate opening for staff attorneys in our Jackson, Tennessee office at entry-level up to three years’ experience.


Description of Positions

Our attorneys represent clients in civil legal matters and work with community organizations and client groups. West Tennessee Legal Services is organized into five practice groups: Housing; Consumer; Benefits/Special Education; Family, including domestic violence cases; and the Senior Citizens Law Project. Candidates should have a strong commitment to access for equal justice for our low income neighbors in West Tennessee who face overwhelming problems regarding basic rights to shelter security, income security, financial security, special education and freedom from abuse for which there is a legal solution. Both positions collaborate with other practice groups within WTLS and with community partners.

Staff Attorney, Position 1

This attorney will work in our Housing and Consumer Units. Currently, the time anticipated for each unit is approximately 50% Housing and 50% Consumer; however, depending on client needs and funding, the workload division between the two units could fluctuate. Housing work will be focused on providing comprehensive legal assistance in landlord/tenant issues, including evictions, and foreclosure cases, including lending violations. Consumer work will involve comprehensive civil legal assistance focusing on auto fraud, debt collection defense, scams targeting low-income individuals, student loans, and other consumer issues. 

Staff Attorney, Position 2

This attorney will work in our Housing unit to provide comprehensive legal assistance to clients in civil cases in private landlord/tenant issues, including evictions. This attorney will also provide comprehensive legal assistance to clients experiencing violations of the Fair Housing Amendments Act pursuant to private enforcement initiative funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The purpose of the grant is to provide fair housing enforcement across Tennessee. The attorney will operate in accordance with program guidelines and priorities, with the workload division between the private landlord/tenant clients and the private enforcement initiative grant varying based on client needs and funding.


Qualifications

Applicants must be admitted to practice law in Tennessee, planning to sit for the July 2017 Tennessee Bar, or be licensed in another state and eligible for temporary admission. Additional requirements include:

  • Demonstrated interest in public interest law
  • Experience advocating for the interests of low-income populations
  • Strong academic record
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, computer, and verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to handle a demanding workload
  • Ability to work collaborative, both within WTLS and with community partners

Litigation experience preferred. The positions require travel to multiple counties in WTLS’ service area. Send cover letter explaining the reasons for your interest and indicating the positions for which you would like to be considered, resume, writing sample and references to: Hiring Committee, West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc., P.O. Box 2066, Jackson, TN 38302 or sandy@wtls.org Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. West Tennessee Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and handicapped persons are encouraged to apply.


West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. has immediate openings for two (2) attorneys in our Victim Assistance and Advocacy Project. 


The attorneys will represent victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation in civil protection order cases, and provide legal advocacy on behalf of victims in various forums, including assertion of victim rights, and pursuit of benefits and resources. Litigation experience on behalf of victims, and prior work with specialized client populations and/or ethnic or language distinct communities preferred. Excellent verbal, written, analytical, problem solving and computer skills are required. One position is based in Jackson but requires travel within the southern counties of WTLS’ service area. The other position is based in the WTLS Huntingdon and Dyersburg offices, requiring travel within the northern counties of WTLS’ service area. The successful candidates must be licensed to practice law in Tennessee. Send cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to: Hiring Committee, West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc., P.O. Box 2066, Jackson, TN 38302 or email to sandy@wtls.org. Deadline for submissions is June 16, 2017. The positions will remain open until filled. West Tennessee Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and handicapped persons are encouraged to apply.