Closing Date: 5th April, 2023


Please attach in PDF form your current resume and three professional references to your application.

Who We Are And What We Do:
The Administrative Office of the Courts is hiring for the position of Indigent Services Team (IST) Lead Attorney. This position manages the IST and works under the direction of General Counsel. The IST oversees the indigent program, which provides legal services for persons who are constitutionally or statutorily entitled to legal representation but are declared by a court unable to pay for those services. This includes cases involving criminal defendants, children and parents in dependency and neglect cases, and termination of parental rights cases. The Administrative Office of the Courts administers the fund that compensates attorneys, interpreters, experts, investigators, interpreters, and court reporters. This position is responsible for compliance with payments made from that fund pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rules 13, 26, 40, 42, and other statutory or rule requirements relating to the constitutional or statutory rights of indigent persons. This position allows remote work flexibility.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Leads a team of accounting auditors who monitor compliance of invoices and fee claims submitted by attorneys, experts and others pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rules 13, 26, 40 and 42;
  • Reviews and approves complex, expert, investigator, and court reporter orders, as well as requests for prior approval of miscellaneous expenses;
  • Works in auditing environment to assist with timeliness of fee claim turnarounds;
  • Assists appointed attorneys, experts, investigators, judges, and others with questions regarding the indigent defense program;
  • Oversees ongoing team projects and timelines;
  • Skilled at using Email, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe; and
  • Additional, related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education and/or Experience: Must be a licensed Tennessee attorney in good standing. A minimum of three years of legal experience is required. Prior management or supervision experience and a background in state court litigation and motion practice is preferred.

Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong leader who works alongside team members;
  • Motivated and proactive with a strong work ethic;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask several projects;
  • Able to communicate clearly and accurately both orally and in writing;
  • Prioritizes work according to external and internal deadlines; and
  • Communicates effectively with all stakeholders.

This position requires a background check.
Pursuant to the State of Tennessee's Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State's policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person's race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.