Three-Judge Panel Law Fellow

The position will be under the direction and supervision of the Administrative Office of the Courts. Pursuant to the passage of a new three-judge panel system for constitutional challenges (PC566), this position will work directly with the judges appointed to the panels and will be crucial to the efficiency of the process. The position will assist in the creation, development, and implementation of process and procedure for this unique court process for the Tennessee Judiciary. Work will involve professional legal services including research, analysis, and opinion drafting as well as research of a variety of legal issues, recommendations as to the case management and organization, and development of additional procedures for the panel system as needed. The position will work with the judges assigned to the panels and multiple panels may be convening within the same timeframes.

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 three-judge panel hearings and trials and performs legal research and writing for the legal issues presented in the three-judge panel case files.
  2. Researches and provides recommendations and/or language regarding process and procedure within the three-judge panel system.
  3. Performs a variety of confidential, technical, and general legal tasks for the cases assigned to the three-judge panel process.
  4. Reviews, studies, searches, and annotates laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, the settled record, case and transcripts, and related legal authorities to address three-judge panel matters.
  5. Prepares legal memoranda, draft orders, and other documents, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations, as requested by the panel judges, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations.
  6. Compiles references on laws and decisions necessary for outcome determinations by the three-judge panel judges, exhibiting excellent organizational ability.
  7. Addresses needs regarding the panel process with the TN Supreme Court, AOC Director, and the AOC Intergovernmental Affairs Division Director and Counsel.
  8. Requires travel for all conferences, speaking engagements and other outreach programs.
  9. Understands court system management, e-filing, and other IT processes as used within the TN Court System.


Education and/or Experience:  A college degree and completion of studies from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree or its equivalent.  Law Review Membership during law school preferred.  Educational emphasis on constitutional law preferred.

Knowledge:  Knowledge of general law, state law, established precedent, and sources of legal reference; knowledge of court practices and procedures; and knowledge of legal terminology and concepts.Must have knowledge of the Tennessee Court System and an understanding of the TN Legislative Process.

Skills and Ability:  Ability to communicate effectively in writing and also verbally; ability to research complex legal problems or questions and apply legal principles; understanding of case confidentiality; ability to represent the three-judge panel judges and the court system in a respectful and professional manner; ability to analyze, appraise, and organize facts and evidence; ability to work with a variety of personalities; perform legal documentation, with precedents, in assigned cases; the ability to prepare reports, correspondence, and instructions, as requested; and the ability to define problems, understand and track data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; ability to travel and stay at the location where a case is being heard for the duration of the proceedings.  Experience and expertise in remote technology, multi-party organizational and scheduling skills.

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 an Application for Employment in PDF, a resume, three writing samples and three professional references by email to

The Court System accepts only information saved in PDF format.

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.

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.

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