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Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands

Managing Attorney

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands


Job Summary

Who We Are

Legal Aid Society’s mission is to advance, defend, and enforce the legal rights of low-income and vulnerable people in order to secure for them the basic necessities of life. Our staff includes national authorities in the fields of domestic violence, housing, consumer law, federal income taxation, health advocacy, non-profit group representation, social security, and special education.

The Managing Attorney will oversee day-to-day operations at the Cookeville, TN office, which includes managing a staff of 8, including 4 attorneys. This position will also provide legal representation to eligible clients and carry a caseload in two to three practice areas, according to the candidate’s strengths and the office’s needs. As part of a holistic approach, representation may include varying areas of law as needed, administrative advocacy, and community education for clients in accordance with program guidelines, priorities, and the Code of Professional Responsibility. This person will also be a representative in the local service area, establish relationships with community leaders, and assist with identifying opportunities for targeted outreach, increased effectiveness and systemic impact, and new funding sources. This position is funded in part by and in collaboration with, one or more grants. Personnel must adhere to the 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

  • Provide high-quality legal representation to individuals in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • Review and supervise the work of support staff members done on behalf of the attorney’s clients and clients assigned to support staff.
  • Maintain accurate and orderly client files, adhering to case management database policies and guidelines.
  • Participate 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 and update, community education materials.
  • Supervise all office employees and volunteers in accordance with the firm guidelines and policies.
  • Hire office staff and coordinate onboarding of new staff in cooperation with the Hiring Manager, Director of Human Resources, and with the approval of the Executive Director.
  • Work with members of the private bar and the LAS Volunteer Lawyer Program to promote private bar involvement.
  • Ensure that the office/unit staff comply with all requirements of grants and regulations by regularly reviewing cases for compliance and in accordance with all firm procedures.
  • Foster effective and collegial professional working relationships within the staff and firm.
  • Participate on internal committees, work groups, and other efforts to promote and improve LASMTC’s operations. Review and respond to client satisfaction surveys and grievances.
  • Comply 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.
  • Promote the professional development of all office staff.


  • Juris Doctor (JD) and at least 4 years of legal practice. Prior supervisory experience.
  • Admitted to practice in Tennessee, eligible for admission through reciprocity, or willing to take the first available bar examination.
  • Excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills, including the ability to articulate effectively and logically both orally and in writing. Basic proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel software.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including in client interviews and helping people in crisis. Strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.
  • Prioritize work, plan, problem-solve, meet deadlines, and work well under pressure.
  • Ability to set and maintain expectations for staff members in a fast-paced, high-volume environment while adhering to ethical guidelines.
  • Well-versed in change management and intergenerational culture building. Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is a plus.

Additional Information


  • Health
  • Dental
  • Vision Insurance coverage on the first day of employment
  • Life Insurance
  • Healthcare Savings Account
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligible
  • 401k plan
  • Vacation/Sick/Holiday Leave
  • Hybrid Schedule Eligible
  • Relocations Assistance

How to Apply

Apply through the Careers page via las.org or email a cover letter, resume, and three references (with email addresses and phone numbers) to our Hiring Manager at hr@las.org. The subject line should read Cookeville Managing Attorney.

Managing Attorney Application

LASMTC is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, people with disabilities, women, LBGTQIA+, and gender non-conforming applicants.

Learn more about us at las.org

Clarksville · Columbia · Cookeville · Gallatin · Murfreesboro · Nashville · Oak Ridge · Tullahoma

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.


  • Date Posted: May 22, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Salary Range: Salary $93,000.00 – $108,000.00 per year