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Current Openings

VICTIMS' RIGHTS 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.

 

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.

 

DOJ ATTORNEY

Do you want to help sexual assault victims and LGBTQ+ domestic violence 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 sexual assault victims and LGBTQ+ domestic violence victims. You must have a love for family law since you’ll mostly handle orders of protection and 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 can be based in any of the WTLS offices 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 Year’s Day; 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 hiring@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.

 

INTAKE/OUTREACH POSITION

Do you have a passion for helping others?  West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. (“WTLS”) has an opening for an intake and outreach worker in our Jackson, Tennessee office with an expected start date of October 1, 2022.  This individual will divide their duties between WTLS’ intake department and our new Disaster Relief Grant.  For over 50 years, WTLS has been filling gaps in the civil justice system that prevent low income and marginalized communities from accessing legal representation in our 17-county service area.  If you are looking for a job that truly makes a difference and offers great work-life balance, apply today!

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Our intake department is the first contact people make with WTLS.  Intake staff interview people in need of WTLS services to determine eligibility, gather case facts, identify legal problems, and screen for benefits eligibility. Our Disaster Relief Grant offers services to survivors of 2020 and 2021 federally declared disasters in our service area.  Work under that grant will include outreach to communities impacted by recent disasters, direct client services, and clerical support for attorneys.  Duties for both positions include contemporaneous recording of activities and maintaining electronic files in WTLS’ case management system.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE:  Below is the minimum level of education and/or experience needed to successfully accomplish the essential duties of this job.

  1. A high school diploma or GED, plus
    1. Paralegal certification from a college or technical school, or
    2. Associate degree, or
    3. 1 year of related experience, and
  2. Ability to work independently;
  3. Ability to competently use technology, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Professional;
  4. Demonstrated experience working with the public;
  5. Excellent interpersonal, listening, oral, and written communication skills;
  6. Demonstrated ability to handle a demanding workload; and
  7. Ability to work collaboratively, both within WTLS and with community partners.

SALARY & BENEFITS:  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.

HOW TO APPLY: 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 will remain open until filled. Due to the expected number of applicants, inquiries are not accepted. Only those selected for interviews will be notified. West Tennessee Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Attorney Fellowship

Job Details

  • Date Posted: 10.31.2022
  • Start Date: As soon as possible
  • Experience Level: 0 –5 years
  • Position Type: Full Time Legal Position for 1 year
  • Legal Areas: Disaster Law, legal education and outreach, community lawyering
  • Job Location: West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. in Jackson, Tennessee

Position Description

West Tennessee Legal Services has been providing free civil legal services to low income and underserved West Tennesseans for over 40 years. WTLS formed a Disaster Legal Team following the December 2021 tornadoes that affected its rural communities. With a Legal Services Corporation disaster grant, a team of attorneys and paralegals are working to assist disaster survivors as they continue to recover. The Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Attorney will work with the WTLS Disaster Legal Team in its disaster recovery efforts.

As an Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Fellow, you will be part of a prestigious group of 20 attorneys hosted by legal services organizations across the United States. During the Fellowship term, Fellows work collaboratively to:

  • Provide legal advice, referrals, and full representation to underserved communities who are most in need or facing special barriers to accessing services before, during, and after a disaster (particularly the 2021 tornadoes).
  • Identify areas for policy change and reform.
  • Engage in outreach and education activities, such as Know-Your-Rights presentations.
  • Work with community partners to increase disaster preparedness and resilience.

Requirements

All candidates must apply directly to West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. by submitting a cover letter and resume with references to hiring@wtls.org.  

The successful candidate must have:

  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school; licensed to practice law in Tennessee or eligible for reciprocity.
  • Demonstrate commitment to social justice, with a desire to increase access to justice for disaster survivors and achieve results.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • An ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary setting to facilitate a coordinated community response and provide holistic services to clients.

These experiences may get you bonus points:

  • Previous legal services experience, including civil legal aid, law school clinics, and/or internships.
  • Prior disaster related legal experience.
  • Experience with delivering training and presentations.
  • Diverse economic, social, and cultural experiences and a second language are preferred.

Fellowship Benefits

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; hybrid/remote work schedule available after 90-day probationary period; gym membership reimbursement; generous paid parental leave; and great supportive co-workers and mentors.

In addition to WTLS benefits, Equal Justice Works Fellows are part of a network of over 2,500 current and former Fellows dedicated to improving access to equal justice for all. As a member of the network, each Fellow has access to:

  • Equal Justice Works’ annual Leadership Development Training, which is attended by ~300 current Fellows each year. The conference will be in-person in 2023.
  • Responsive training and technical assistance from Equal Justice Work’s in house disaster law expert.
  • Regular substantive and skills-based webinars throughout the Fellowship.
  • Monthly networking and collaboration sessions with other Disaster Resilience Fellows.

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.