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Litigation Paralegal, Office of the General Counsel

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Legal Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice and representation to the University of Tennessee System, including all campuses and institutes.  This position is in the General Counsel’s main office, which is located in downtown Knoxville in the UT Tower.   The General Counsel’s office is staffed by an experienced and collegial team of attorneys and paralegals. 

This position is responsible for assisting several attorneys with litigation (and litigation-like) activities, including:

    collecting, organizing, managing, and producing both paper and electronic documents, and other legal work for the University.identifying, preserving, collecting, processing, reviewing, and assisting with producing electronically stored information in litigation.drafting, revising, proofreading, and reviewing agreements designed to resolve or avoid litigation.accurately identifying attorney-client privileged documents and attorney work product documents and preparing privilege logs.maintaining databases of privileged legal information, including deadlines in pending cases and indexes of documents requested, collected, reviewed, or produced.researching and summarizing information and proofreading documents for University officials.collecting, compiling, sorting, redacting, and indexing documents for a wide variety of matters effectively and efficiently (not all in active litigation, but using the same skills as litigation discovery).accurately and thoroughly summarizing documents, records, and/or depositions.drafting pleadings and responses to discovery and working with attorneys to finalize for filing.assisting in preparing documents and responses in administrative and regulatory matters, and in preparing for depositions, hearings, and trials.assisting in hearings and trials with digital evidence presentation and preparation of exhibits.maintaining a tickler system of deadlines pursuant to scheduling orders, statutes and/or policies.
The position is responsible for maintaining calendars for several attorneys and working with clients to schedule meetings (as well as space and court reporters as needed).  The position also requires experience and expertise in using the MS Office Suite (including OneDrive) and MS Teams (or ability and willingness to develop those skills right away), as well as PACER, ECF, and other court and agency electronic filing systems.

The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills and will routinely communicate with clients, attorneys, witnesses, courts, and state and federal agencies.  The successful candidate must have the ability to work independently to maintain and track a high volume of files from initial assignment to closure.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of professional integrity, initiative, comfort and flexibility to work with others on site and/or remotely, eagerness to assist our University clients, and a collegial team spirit.

Education: A Bachelor’s degree, Associate’s degree, or paralegal certificate (from an ABA-approved program) is required; provided that ten years of paralegal experience may be deemed an adequate substitute for a degree or certificate. 

Experience:  Three or more years of paralegal experience in litigation is preferred.

Pay Scale Type:  This is a non-exempt position classified as a Market Range 09/Legal Paralegal 1.

Benefits: A description of the University’s generous benefit package is available at:

Materials Required for Consideration: A letter of application, resume, and three references knowledgeable of applicant’s skills and experience. All applications must be submitted through the University’s online application system. 

Job: Other Tech/Para-Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: General Counsel
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Feb 8, 2022, 8:43:33 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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