Job Openings

Current Openings

VOCA ATTORNEY

Do you want to help domestic violence and crime victims while working in a collaborative environment? Looking for a job that is more than just a job and truly makes a difference in people’s lives? Wanting to use your law license but seeking work/life balance? If so, apply now! West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. has an immediate opening for an attorney in our Victim Rights Project. The attorney will provide civil legal assistance to domestic violence and crime victims. You must have a love for family law, including child custody and visitation and post-divorce contempt and enforcement, but you won’t be handling divorces. Litigation experience and prior work with victims or low-income communities is preferred but not required. Excellent verbal, written, analytical, problem-solving and computer skills are required. The position is based in the WTLS Jackson office and requires travel within the 17 counties of WTLS’ service area. The successful candidate must be licensed to practice law in Tennessee, eligible for reciprocity, or waiting on bar exam results. Salary DOE. Excellent benefits package, including low-cost health insurance; free dental, vision, long-term disability, and life insurance; 401k with employer match; generous personal and sick leave; most federal holidays and week off between Christmas and New Years; hybrid/remote work schedule available after 90 day probationary period; gym membership reimbursement; generous paid parental leave. Great supportive co-workers and mentors. Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to: Hiring Committee, West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc., 210 West Main Street, Jackson, TN 38301 or email Tricia@wtls.org. Interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. Position open until filled. West Tennessee Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

HOUSING STAFF ATTORNEY

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

Description of Position:   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.

This attorney will work in our Housing Unit under a new HUD funded grant aimed at providing comprehensive eviction prevention legal services to families living at or below 80% of the area AMI.  Work will be focused on providing comprehensive legal assistance in landlord/tenant issues which place the client at risk for homelessness.  Work will include outreach services, as well as direct legal services to eligible clients.

Qualifications:   Applicants must be admitted to practice law in Tennessee, planning to sit for the upcoming 2022 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. For additional information regarding these positions, contact tricia@wtls.org.

 

SAFE HOPE STAFF ATTORNEY

Do you want to help domestic violence and crime victims while working in a collaborative environment? Looking for a job that is more than just a job and truly makes a difference in people’s lives? Wanting to use your law license but seeking work/life balance? If so, apply now! West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. has an immediate opening for an attorney in our Victim Rights Project. The attorney will provide civil legal assistance to domestic violence and crime victims. Must have a love for family law since you’ll mostly handle orders of protection and divorces. Litigation experience and prior work with victims of low-income communities is preferred but not required. Excellent verbal, written, analytical, problem-solving and computer skills are required. The position is based in Jackson, primarily at the Safe Hope Center, where you will work in a collaborative effort with the Jackson Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit, District Attorney’s domestic violence prosecutor, and the Women’s/Men’s Rape Assistance Program.  The job may require occasional travel to the other 17 counties of WTLS’ service area. The successful candidate must be licensed to practice law in Tennessee, eligible for reciprocity, or waiting on bar exam results. Salary DOE. Excellent benefits package, including low-cost health insurance; free dental, vision, long-term disability, and life insurance; 401k with employer match; generous personal and sick leave; most federal holidays and week off between Christmas and New Year’s; hybrid/remote work schedule available after 90-day probationary period; gym membership reimbursement; generous paid parental leave. Great supportive co-workers and mentors. Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to: Hiring Committee, West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc., 210 West Main Street, Jackson, TN 38301 or email Tricia@wtls.org. Interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. Position open until filled. West Tennessee Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

Why Work at WTLS?

WTLS Staff members
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Meaningful Work

WTLS employees help individuals who are at the lowest points in their lives. Whether it is helping victims of domestic violence escape their abusers or helping a senior citizen receive the benefits they are entitled to, WTLS employees work diligently to provide access to justice for all.

Great Benefits

WTLS provides competitive benefits and opportunities for professional development. Full time employees are provided access to dental, vision, and health insurance as well as retirement plans and other benefits. WTLS has a generous leave policy, including sick leave, vacation, and parental leave. Full time staff also receive 11 paid holidays.

Supportive Team

WTLS prides itself on its incredible staff. As the second largest law firm in the 17-county coverage area, WTLS is made up of many subject matter experts and general practitioners, as well as a team of paralegals, victim advocates, administrative staff, and support staff. The employees at WTLS are always willing to help a coworker learn and grow in their career.