General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs

Beacon Center

The Beacon Center is Tennessee’s premier free market public policy organization. Beacon is pound for pound the most effective and efficient state-level think tank on the planet. With a staff of just 12, Beacon has achieved remarkable policy victories that have empowered Tennesseans to reclaim control of their lives. Our accomplishments include:

  • Repealing the state death tax and Hall Income Tax, becoming just the second state in history to eliminate an income tax. These tax cuts have cumulatively saved taxpayers $4 billion to date.
  • Enacting the nation’s fourth education savings account program and now defending that program from legal attacks in an appeal before the Tennessee Supreme Court.
  • Helping usher in the nation’s first Right to Earn a Living Act to bring about occupational licensing reform, and successfully eliminating multiple licensing laws in both the legislature and the courts.
  • Protecting property rights by obtaining a ruling declaring Nashville’s original Airbnb law unconstitutional and using strategic litigation and community engagement to overturn Nashville’s home business ban, which was the most restrictive in the nation.

As a result of our efforts, thousands of Tennesseans can now realize the American Dream. But we’re still not satisfied, and we won’t be until Tennessee becomes and remains the freest, most prosperous state in the nation.

To help us advance this vision, we are looking for new talent. Beacon seeks a General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs who will help take our organization—and the freedom of our fellow Tennesseans—to the next level. 

Our General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs will lead Beacon’s acclaimed legal arm, which has secured numerous victories advancing Tennesseans’ rights in court. Our team of litigators has been recognized nationally and respected (and often feared, particularly by bureaucrats) locally for their vociferous and successful advocacy on behalf of our clients. 

Beacon is a lean, innovative organization that operates like a start-up. We are not afraid to take risks and develop new ways to solve old problems. And neither should our General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs. In addition to being a seasoned litigator, he or she should have an entrepreneurial spirit and a high velocity of work, and be persuasive, results-oriented, optimistic, and curious.

We believe that the principles of free markets, individual liberty, and limited government are the foundation of a prosperous and opportunity-laden society. Our General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs must believe in and abide by these core principles.  

The General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs will work from Beacon Center’s Nashville office or virtually in the Nashville area. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Work side-by-side with Beacon’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President to advance our mission
  • Lead Beacon’s legal arm, litigating for liberty on behalf of Tennesseans’ whose rights have been violated by government intrusion into their lives, and managing Beacon’s litigation team
  • Represent Beacon in litigation pertaining to its mission, and represent our clients in pro bono litigation to preserve their constitutional liberties
  • Assist in growing our legal team to take on more cases on behalf of Tennesseans across our state, including occasional fundraising duties related to those growth plans
  • Maintain an in-depth blueprint of the Tennessee Constitution and determines areas of potential litigation on behalf of Beacon and our clients
  • Review, approve, and draft amici curiae briefs for filing on matters directly related to Beacon’s mission
  • Identify, vet, and prepare clients for potential litigation in the areas determined by our constitutional blueprint and prepare all cases for approval by the CEO and Board of Directors
  • Work with our policy team on the intersection of legal strategy and policy formation in the areas of economic liberty, property rights, and government transparency, among others
  • Cultivate relationships with members of the Tennessee legal community and the national public interest legal community
  • Advise the CEO and Board of Directors on organizational legal matters
  • Collaborate with other members of Beacon’s team to advance their overlapping core priorities

Required Experience:

  • Juris Doctor from accredited school of law
  • License to practice law in Tennessee or ability to become promptly licensed in the state
  • Substantial litigation experience, with at least two years’ experience acting as first chair
  • Affinity for liberty and free market principles

Preferred Experience:

  • Public interest litigation experience is preferred, but private sector or government work is also acceptable 
  • Understanding of public interest ligation and knowledge of public policy and political processes
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Cover letter, which should detail your philosophical interest in Beacon’s mission and your salary requirements
  • Résumé

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market.

Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

Job Posted: 5/20/22