Memphis Area Legal Services Seeks Chief Advocacy Officer

Chief Advocacy Officer | Memphis Area Legal Services

Chief Advocacy Officer

Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) is the primary provider of civil legal representation for low income individuals and families in Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton counties in Tennessee who are facing critical, sometimes life-threatening situations. Legal assistance is provided through advice and counsel, representation in court and administrative proceeding, and community education and outreach to vulnerable residents. Since 1970, MALS has grown to become a multi-faceted community law firm guided by values and principles that embody its commitment to equal access to justice for all. 

Basic Function: The Chief Advocacy Officer (CAO) is to design, strategically grow and direct MALS’ litigation and advocacy programs to effectively address the issues of people and communities living in poverty.



The CAO is responsible for creating and leading a strategic advocacy vision for MALS; overseeing the quality and effective delivery of legal services; and supervising the firm’s managing attorneys, special project teams and the legal work of each; managing litigation and reviewing requests for appellate and complex case representation.


The CAO also serves as General Counsel for the firm keeping the CEO and board of directors abreast of all laws, policies and regulations governing MALS. In partnership with the CEO and Chief Operations Officer, the CAO promotes a culture of high performance, continuous learning and improvement that supports the effective advancement of MALS’ values and mission.


The CAO is an individual with an extensive and varied litigation background, a history of creative and high impact advocacy, demonstrated leadership in litigation, and substantive expertise in poverty law issues.


Salary DOE w/excellent benefits, including 401(K). 


For a full description of the position and to apply, please visit our website at:

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, writing sample, and resume to MALS is E.O.E.