Class Title: ATTORNEY 3
Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 079443

Education and Experience: Graduation from an approved school of law and experience equivalent to three years of increasingly responsible professional full-time experience in the practice of law.

Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications: Possession of a license to practice law in the State of Tennessee.

Applicants for this class may be required to:

  1. Complete a criminal history disclosure form in a manner approved by the appointing authority;
  2. Agree to release all records involving their criminal history to the appointing authority;
  3. Supply a fingerprint sample prescribed by the TBI based criminal history records clerk.

Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Career Service positions. For Executive Service positions, Minimum Qualifications, Necessary Special Qualifications, and Examination Method are determined by the appointing authority.

Job Overview: Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for professional legal work of considerable difficulty; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: An employee in this class supervises or manages subordinate attorneys within a department or division, or serves as the only attorney providing legal counsel for an agency. This class differs from Attorney 2 in that an incumbent of the latter performs at the working level. This class differs from Legal Services Director in that an incumbent of the latter plans, organizes and directs a relatively large legal office in an agency.
Work Activities: 1. Supervises or manages subordinate attorneys within a department or division, or serves as the only attorney providing legal counsel for an agency.

2. Supervises and participates in drafting contracts, documents, bills, and fiscal notes; researches legislative amendments and laws.

3. Serves as a liaison to the Attorney General by coordinating litigation of cases and preparing cases for administrative hearings; represents departments at administrative hearings or in court at the request and under the supervision of the Attorney General.

4. Prepares legislative proposals and testimony for cases; and may review executive clemency applications.

5. Supervises others in reviewing evidence; interviews witnesses, confers with attorneys, reads transcripts and briefs, and analyzes legislative bills.

6. Speaks to community groups and administrative personnel regarding legal issues.

7. Attends conferences, seminars, meetings, and court cases.

8. Interprets legislative amendments and laws and renders opinions on the effect legislation will have on the operation of the agency.

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