Nashville School of Law

Website Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

Position Description

TIRRC seeks a Staff Attorney to join its dynamic legal team and help advance immigrant justice in Tennessee. The Staff Attorney’s responsibilities will include providing direct client representation in affirmative immigration cases; developing creative community legal education, self-help, and limited-scope initiatives in response to community needs; providing legal supervision to TIRRC’s s statewide resource line, and providing legal support to TIRRC’s organizing and policy advocacy efforts. Much of the Staff Attorney’s extended representation caseload will consist of naturalization and DACA renewal cases, though the composition of those cases may change depending on community need. The Staff Attorney will provide brief advice and counsel to immigrant community members on a regular basis, often through referrals TIRRC’s statewide resource line. The Staff Attorney will participate in and provide legal support to TIRRC’s organizing, policy advocacy, and power-building activities.


All TIRRC staff, including the Staff Attorney, are expected to participate in and help support certain organization-wide trainings and events, such as Day on the Hill and the Membership Convention.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to those listed above. As with every position at TIRRC, every person in the organization will assist their colleagues to ensure a cooperative environment and respond to the needs of the moment. This job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity.

Skills and Qualifications

Active attorney license in Tennessee or the ability to gain admission to the Tennessee Bar within 6 months;

Experience with immigration law, preferably in a nonprofit setting, is required; this requirement may be met through participation in a law school clinic or summer internship, though post-graduate immigration practice experience is strongly preferred;

Belief in TIRRC’s mission and demonstrated commitment to social justice, progressive social change, empowering communities’ rights and justice;

Excellent judgment, a high level of integrity and the ability to maintain confidentiality.

Fluency or high proficiency in languages spoken by our clients (particularly Spanish or Arabic) that would allow communication with existing, new or potential clients is required as the job requires extensive legal counseling and representation with clients who primarily speak languages other than English.

Salary Range: $65,000 – $75,000

Benefits: Full-time TIRRC employees are eligible to receive medical, dental, and vision insurance with 100% of the medical employee premium covered by TIRRC, participate in a 401K retirement plan, and receive 24/7 access to an Employee Assistance Program. In addition, TIRRC provides paid leave including up to 15 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, and 3 weeks paid sick leave in an employee’s first year and 6 weeks of paid parental leave.

Position Type: Full time

Health Benefits? Yes




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