State of Tennessee
Government , Legal
Position Description / Responsibilities
How you make a difference in this role:
The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice to DHS programs, legal representation in judicial and administrative litigation affecting the department, prepares departmental rules, and prepares legislation for and analysis of legislation affecting the Department.
The Legal Assistant is responsible for:
- Providing general and administrative support to OGC attorneys,
- Being knowledgeable of departmental policies, statutes, and regulations,
- Maintaining positive working relationships with internal and external OGC partners, and
- Providing excellent customer service to internal and external customers.
- Creating, maintaining, and updating case and litigation files.
- Drafting and proofreading various legal documents, including case pleadings, departmental regulations, proposed legislation, etc.
- Filing documents with appropriate administrative and judicial offices.
- Uploading EEOC responses to the EEOC portal.
- Preparing exhibits for litigation and other cases.
- Accompanying attorneys to administrative and judicial hearings to assist with files, exhibits and documents.
- Conducting legal research and summarizing findings of case law, statutes, and regulations.
- Compiling and preparing reports.
- Administrative tasks such as processing mail, answering and making telephone calls, notarizing documents, and other administrative tasks.
- Possess a working knowledge of all programs administered by the Department of Human Services
Education equivalent to graduation from an accredited college, university, or professional school with one of the following:
(1) an Associate's Degree in Paralegal or Legal Assistant studies; (2) a Bachelor's Degree in Paralegal or Legal Assistant studies; (3) Paralegal Certificate; or (4) one year (28 semester hours) of graduate level law school. Two years of experience in a legal office or similar environment performing legal research and documenting findings, drafting legal pleadings, and assisting attorneys with settling legal disputes.
- Strong Microsoft Office skills, including Word, Outlook, and Excel.
- Strong skills setting up and facilitating virtual meeting platforms such as Cisco WebEx or Microsoft Teams.
- Maintain confidentiality of cases.
- Ability to conduct legal research using Westlaw.
Applicants may be subject to background check. Any position could ultimately be designated as work from home, mobile work or free address (i.e. Employees work in office and can choose from various space options based on need for a given day such as private meeting rooms, conference rooms, collaborative spaces and enclaves for individual work assignments.)
For more information and to apply go to: tn.gov/careers