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Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands

Eviction Right to Counsel Attorney

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands

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Job Summary

We are seeking to hire two Attorneys for our Eviction Right to Counsel Project in Nashville. The Eviction Right to Counsel Project is a new, 2-year grant funded project wherein low- and moderate-income tenants facing eviction will be appointed legal representation to ensure equity and inclusion in the legal system. The Eviction Right to Counsel Attorney will provide legal representation to income-eligible clients in cases involving tenants’ rights (public/subsidized housing, Section 8, private landlord/tenant, and fair housing). As part of a holistic approach, representation may include administrative advocacy, litigation in state and federal courts, and community education for clients in accordance with LASMTC’s guidelines and priorities and the Rules of Professional Conduct. This position is funded in part by, and in collaboration with, one or more grants. Personnel must adhere to goals and outcomes detailed in the grant contract. This position is funded for the duration of the grant and subsequent renewal may result in modification of job duties and responsibilities.

 

Job Responsibilities

  • Excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills including the ability to advocate in a clear, effective, and logical manner both orally and in writing.
  • Manage shifting priorities and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Basic proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, and Excel).
  • Use a high level of professionalism, diplomacy, and sound judgment.
  • Bilingual a plus.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the principle of equal justice and to advocacy for low-income persons.
  • Treat clients, staff, and the public with dignity and respect.
  • Appreciate the experiences and needs of people of diverse economic, social, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate a personal sense of integrity.
  • Take ownership of projects and produce solid work product.
  • Work as a member of a team and independently, including willingness to help others (cooperative) and share knowledge, information, contacts, and experience.
  • Address issues in a timely manner.
  • Comfortable arguing cases in court.

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor (JD).
  • Admitted to practice in Tennessee, eligible for admission through reciprocity, or willing to take first available bar examination.

Additional Information

Benefits

Health Insurance.

How to Apply

Email cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references (with email addresses and phone numbers) to our Hiring Manager at hr(at)las.org. Subject line should read: re: ERTC Attorney. Apply as soon as possible. Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

Details

  • Date Posted: July 28, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Legal
  • Service Area: Housing
  • Start Date: 08/01/2022
  • Salary Range: 65,000.00 - $75,500.00
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F, 8-5 pm. Overtime might be required.