Position Title: Staff Attorney
Employment Status: Full-Time; Exempt
Location: Nashville, TN
Supervisor: Managing Attorney and Tennessee Taxpayer Project Director
Supervisory responsibilities: Volunteers
Provides legal representation to eligible clients in civil cases, with a primary focus on income tax controversies with the IRS, educating English as a Second Language persons on tax issues, and bankruptcies. As a part of a holistic approach,
representation may include varying areas of law as needed. Participates in administrative advocacy, litigation in state, tax, bankruptcy, and federal courts, and community education for clients in accordance with program guidelines and
priorities and the Code of Professional Responsibility. This position is funded in part by an IRS Low Income Tax Clinic grant that covers 91 counties in Tennessee.
- Provides legal representation to eligible clients in civil cases, with a focus on income tax controversies with the IRS, educating English as a Second Language persons on tax issues, and bankruptcies.
- Meets the requirements of any special funding source regarding substantive area of practice, clients served and types of service offered.
- Attends mandatory trainings and conferences as required by grantors.
- Reviews and supervises the work of support staff members and volunteers done on behalf of attorney’s clients and clients assigned to support staff.
- In coordination with managing attorney, communicates and establishes contacts with courts, local and state bar associations, community agencies and local client groups.
- Acts as a resource for other staff in substantive areas of law in which attorney develops a specialty.
- Participates in the firm’s community education program, by being available to speak with community groups and agency staff, suggesting ideas for and helping to prepare community education materials, and generally looking for ways to alert clients to their legal rights and responsibilities in the field of poverty law.
- Works with members of the private bar and with LAS’s pro bono staff to promote private bar involvement.
- Uses basic capability of word processing, e-mail, and Legal Files database.
- Establishes and maintains professional working relationship with office staff.
- Participates on internal committees, work groups and other efforts to promote and improve LAS’s operation.
- Becomes familiar with and complies with program policies and regulations of the Legal Services Corporation, IRS, and other funders.
- Becomes familiar with and complies with relevant portions of the Legal Services Corporation’s Performance Criteria and with the American Bar Association’s Standards for the Provision of Civil Legal Aid.
- Performs such other duties as may be reasonably requested.
- Must have a law degree and be admitted to practice law in Tennessee or, if admitted to practice in another state, must be eligible for admission to the Tennessee Bar by reciprocity.
- Three years of legal experience as an attorney preferred.
- Demonstrated interest in income tax controversies, and bankruptcies.
- Demonstrated interest in public interest law and the problems of disadvantaged communities.
- Commitment to high quality of representation and desire to handle cases that benefit individual clients as well as those impacting their communities.
- Ability to relate to the needs of people of diverse backgrounds and adhere to confidentiality standards.
- Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form. Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Experienced in public speaking and training others on the law.
- Good organizational skills.
- Experience with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc) and Legal Files database preferred. Ability to learn new computer skills.
- Must have driver’s license and access to transportation.
- Fluency in written and spoken Spanish a plus.
Hours: Office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work after hours or on weekends may be required. Work is performed primarily in an office setting. Majority of time spent seated typing on a computer or talking and listening on the phone, with someone in person, or in court. Standing, walking, and bending are necessary on a normal day. Occasionally lifts and carries up to 25 pounds. Travel is necessary. LAS is a smoke-‐‑free office and makes no allowances for smoke breaks.
This job description is not intended to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required by the employee.
To apply, mail or email (in Word or PDF format) a cover letter, your resume, a writing sample, and three references (with phone numbers). No phone calls, please.
Legal Aid Society
Human Resources Administrator
Re: Nashville Attorney – Tax Law/Bankruptcy
575 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 201
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Apply as soon as possible. Positions will remain open until filled.