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The Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) is currently seeking experienced candidates for Associate Counsel in the DHS Office of General Counsel. The Associate Counsel will be responsible for conducting litigation and legal research in DHS programmatic areas including vocational services, adult protective services, child and adult care licensing, and other administrative areas for DHS. The Associate Counsel will be responsible providing legal advice and support to DHS staff in multiple program areas and internal support divisions. The position is Executive Service. 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 Associate Counsel will represent DHS in litigation in East Tennessee, and occasionally in other areas of the state, in cases related to child and adult care licensing, adult protective services, vocational rehabilitation and other legal issues as assigned. ▪ This position is responsible for litigation in court and in administrative forums. ▪ The Associate Counsel will be responsible for consulting with program staff regarding legal issues involving child care licensing and adult protective services, and handling legal issues involving DHS as they arise. ▪ The Associate Counsel will be responsible for working directly with the Deputy General Counsel on legal writing and research projects as assigned. ▪ The position requires legal research of federal and state laws, regulations and case law in multiple issues and preparation of memoranda advising DHS staff on issues affecting program operations. ▪ The Associate Counsel will need to possess the ability to perform assigned duties in a timely and accurate manner, be self-directed, and to produce accurate and thorough professional work.

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Valid Tennessee law license ▪ Three (3) or more years of continuous legal practice, preferably with litigation experience ▪ Excellent research and writing skills ▪ Proficient in use of Microsoft Word, Westlaw, and Excel ▪ Candidate must be able to work cooperatively with Department program staff in diverse areas and must willing to work extra hours and days as necessary ▪ Candidate must be willing to travel (throughout the state of Tennessee) on occasion. ▪ Ability to make timely and effective decisions in keeping with the goals and mission of the Department. ▪ No prior or pending disciplinary actions with the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. 

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Heather Kettle
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