Nashville School of Law

Website West Tennessee Legal Services

Position Description: West Tennessee Legal Services

Department: Legal Services for Veterans and US Department of Justice, Office

on Violence Against Women Legal Assistance for Victims

Supervisor: Legal Services for Veterans Project Manager

Job Summary: This position is funded 50% under the Legal Services for Veterans (LSV) grant with the Veterans Administration and the position’s remaining 50% under the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women Legal Assistance for Victims (DOJ) grant.

The LSV project’s focus is providing holistic civil legal services to eligible Veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The goal is to assist Veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness and who have unaddressed needs for legal services which are creating barriers to housing stability.

The DOJ project’s focus is providing holistic civil legal services to eligible clients who are either: (1) victims of sexual assault; (2) LGBTQ victims of intimate partner violence; or (3) Spanish-speaking victims of intimate partner violence. Grant positions are funded through the duration of the grant and subsequent renewal could result in modification of job duties and responsibilities.

As part of a holistic approach, representation may include varying areas of law, including, but not limited to, administrative advocacy, and litigation in state and federal courts. Case types will include housing, protective orders, access to healthcare, consumer protection, employment law, family law, and access to benefits.

Duties/Responsibilities: The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to, the following tasks:

  • Provide legal advice and representation in civil legal matters affecting housing stability (80%) and legal advice and representation to victims of domestic violence (20%) to Veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
  • Provide outreach and education activities for Veterans.
  • Build referral partnerships with community and government agencies serving Veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
  • Meet the requirements of the LSV project.
  • Provide legal advice and representation, including litigation in the courts, in civil legal matters, relating to or arising out of the abuse for: (1) victims of sexual assault; (2) LGBTQ victims of intimate partner violence; and (3) Spanish-speaking victims of intimate partner violence.
  • Be receptive to mentoring and supervision in accordance with the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence best practice recommendations.
  • Provide outreach and education for targeted client populations.
  • Comply with funder requirements, the Legal Services Corporation requirements, and the American Bar Association’s Standards for the Provision of Civil Legal Aid.

HOW TO APPLY: Send applications via email in Word or PDF format to Hiring@wtls.org . Applicants must include a cover letter specifying preferred office location, resume, writing sample, and three references with phone numbers. Applications will be accepted and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. No inquiries accepted. Only applicants scheduled for interviews will be notified.

WTLS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

Health Benefits? Yes

Starting Salary: DOE. For newly admitted attorney, $58,155

Typical Hours: 37.5

NSL Alumni at organization: Megan Allen is one of our staff attorneys and she in a NSL alum.

Deadline to apply: 6/1/2024

 

 

 

To apply for this job email your details to hiring@wtls.org