Business Court Staff Attorney

The Administrative Office of the Courts in Nashville is seeking a Business Court Staff Attorney position.  This position is the first full time staff for the Business court pilot project and will be critical in the expansion of the innovative new “business court” for our state in the future.  Work will involve not only professional legal services including research, analysis and recommendations for the future expansion but also research of legal issues, budget oversight and development of a statewide communications plan statewide.  The position will work with the present and any future business court judge(s), the Supreme Court, the Business Docket Advisory Commission; under the direction and supervision of the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties that may be performed.

  1. Attends all Business Court hearings and performs legal research and writing for the legal issues presented in the Business Court case files.
     
  2. Researches established Business Courts regarding process, procedure, and potential drafting of legislation to accomplish continuation and possible expansion efforts.
     
  3. Reviews, studies, searches, and annotates laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, the settled record, case and transcripts, and related legal authorities to process business court matters.
     
  4. Prepares briefs, legal memoranda, and statement of issues involved, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations to the business court.
     
  5. Compiles references on laws and decisions necessary for legal business court determinations.
     
  6. Focuses on program administration, planning, and coordination with AOC Director, Judge and Court Clerk’s office.  Including facilitating the review and transfer of appropriate cases into the Business Court docket.
     
  7. Maintain program records and statistics, serving as a public liaison, identifying and allocating resources for the Business Court, and working to strengthen and expand the Business Court’s reputation and docket.
     
  8. Organization of dockets and coordination with the Director of the Administrative Office of the Court, the Business Court Judge and her immediate staff as well as the county clerk’s office, regarding the Business Court.
     
  9. Requires travel for all conferences, speaking engagements and other outreach programs.
     
  10. Extensive court system management, e-filing and other IT processes requiring excellent proven organization and scheduling skills.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

Education and/or Experience:  A college degree and completion of studies from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree or its equivalent.  Minimum of 5 years of legal experience is required.

Competencies:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Priority setting
  • Organizational agility
  • Integrity and trust
  • Politically savvy
  • Negotiating
  • Decision quality
  • Dealing with ambiguity
  • Inductive and deductive reasoning

Skills and Ability:  Ability to communicate effectively in writing and also verbally; must speak publicly to audiences including the Bar Associations, Chambers of Commerce and Judicial Staff; write publications at the level of the Bar Journal and professional publications, ability to research complex legal problems or questions and apply legal principles; ability to represent the court in a respectful manner; ability to analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence; legal documentation, and precedents in assigned cases; the ability to prepare reports, correspondence and instructions; and the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Licensure and Certification Requirements:  Must be licensed to practice law in Tennessee.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Location: Nashville
Department: Administrative Office of the Courts
Position Available: Immediately
Position Closing: This position will remain open until filled

To Apply

Submit a current resume, current writing sample, three professional references and completed Application for Employment (PDF) by email to human.resources@tncourts.gov.  The Court System accepts only electronic applicant information saved in PDF format.

NOTICE: This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you will be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

Thank you for taking time to submit your information for consideration. Applicants will not receive communication regarding your submission unless you are called to clarify or to schedule an interview.

For more information: Send questions to: Human.Resources@tncourts.gov