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Southern Office Staff Attorney - Nashville, TN
Employer Name: A Better Balance
Contact Name:
E-Mail: egedmark@abettterbalance.org
Description: ABB is a national legal advocacy organization with offices in New York, NY and Nashville, TN dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace and helping workers care for their families without sacrificing their economic security. Through nationwide policy advocacy, legal services and strategic litigation, and enforcement and education, ABB is fighting back and improving workers’ lives at the local, state and federal levels. The organization has fought for and won victories in improved paid leave, equal pay, pregnancy and caregiver protection, breastfeeding accommodations, LGBTQ rights protections, and other economic justice issues throughout the country. Our advocacy work and legal efforts have gained national recognition in dozens of outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. We are dedicated to lifting up the voices of our clients and those most directly affected by our policy work. The Families at Work Legal Clinic and Helpline provides free legal assistance to low-wage workers, especially those in New York and the South. We have also been at the forefront of learning about, and using legal tools to stop, punitive absence control policies that lead to intimidation, job loss and poor health outcomes for workers already on the economic edge. Large corporations use absence control policies to treat their workers as expendable by punishing them when they need time off for lawful, medical absences. Due to fear of termination, some workers forgo necessary medical treatment or face the impossible choice between their jobs and caring for a seriously ill loved one.

The ABB Southern Office opened in 2014 and focuses on the plight of working families in the Southeastern United States, where poverty rates are some of the highest in the country and progressive legal protections are scarce. The Southern Office has a particular focus on utilizing a gender and racial justice lens and filling gaps for legal capacity in the South.

Position Description:

Based in Nashville, TN, the Staff Attorney would advance the goals of A Better Balance by promoting fairness for working families in the South and raising awareness nationally of local issues affecting Southern low-wage workers, especially marginalized communities. The Staff Attorney would likely provide assistance in the following areas: continuing our legal efforts to end abusive absence control policies, staffing our free legal helpline to assist low-wage workers, being part of a team working on impact litigation cases, coalition-building, policy reports and analysis (research and writing), drafting and disseminating public education materials, and federal, state, and local legislative advocacy.

ABB offers excellent benefits including generous vacation, sick, and family leave policies as well as flexibility; salary would be commensurate with education and experience.


3+ years of legal experience preferred. JD and license to practice law in Tennessee (or plan to waive into or sit for TN bar exam). Demonstrated commitment to work/family law and policy, reproductive health, women’s rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, disability rights, or advocacy for low-income individuals. Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, research, and analytic skills. Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building and organizational skills. Ability to travel as needed.

To Apply:

TO APPLY: Please submit letter of interest, resume (including any salary requirements), and references to egedmark@abettterbalance.org (subject line: Southern Office Staff Attorney). Applications will only be accepted by email, and position will remain open until a qualified candidate is chosen.

Date Entered: 12/01/17
Job ID: 687361
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