The Attorney General is Elected by TISC
The TISL Constitution mirrors the Tennessee Constitution in providing that the Attorney General is elected by the Supreme Court.
In each case, the Court has no oversight once the AG is elected, giving the Attorney General autonomy as the chief legal officer.
For the position of TISL Attorney General, the Court prefers applicants who have participated in AMC3 and who have taken at least one undergraduate law class.
Sept. 11, 2013
Because of an unexpected mid-term vacancy, TISL is immediately accepting applications for the position of Attorney General for this year's General Assembly. The Supreme Court will consider applications and recommend someone to the Executive Council for final approval.
The new AG will take office immediately and serve until the adjournment of the 44th General Assembly in November. He/She may also apply for the full term that begins at that time.
The Court and Executive Council hope to act promptly so the new AG can begin preparations, including his/her familiarity with the TISL Constitution, laws and court procedures.
1. Register Online
Please log in at Online Registration to update or enter your personal contact info.
- If you previously attended a TISL event, your email address should be recognized. Please review and update your profile.
- If you are new to TISL, you will need to enter complete contact information.
2. Cover letter
Please write a cover letter of not more than one page that includes:
- A statement of why you want to be on the court.
- Your plans after you receive your bachelor’s degree.
- Your legal experience such as AMC3, Mock Trial or a legal internship.
- Relevant courses you’ve taken such as constitutional law, communications law, criminal justice, logic, etc.? (These are not requirements.)
- Special skills and experiences that qualify you to be Attorney General.
Waived: Essay question and letter of recommendation
Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Submit by emailing (PDF attachments preferred) to filings@TISCourt.org
How to Apply 2013
Effective in 2013, the process to apply for Attorney General will be the same as applying for the Supreme Court, although the deadline is later.
This permits unsuccessful applicants for the Court to redirect their cover letter, essay and letter of recommendation to an AG application with no effort.
Deadline Applications for Attorney General must be submitted to the Clerk & Marshal by 9 a.m., Friday at the TISL General Assembly. The incoming Court will have been appointed by that time.
How to Submit You may submit your application in any of these three ways:
• By toll-free fax 866.372.8585 or
• By email filings@TISCourt.org or
• By hand-delivery at the General Assembly The Clerk & Marshal will have a desk on the second floor of the Capitol near the Senate Chamber.
Interviews The Court will conduct interviews on Friday evening during the General Assembly. The Court may limit interviews to a select group of finalists.
Announcement The Court will announce its selection on Saturday at the General Assembly
Inauguration The Attorney General will be sworn in at the Closing Session of the General Assembly on Sunday.
Application The application has two parts -- a one-page application form and a short essay on a legal topic.
Download Application Form This will download the Supreme Court application, which is the same. Just mentally substitute "Attorney General" for "Supreme Court" throughout.
Suppose the Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill prohibiting newspapers and television stations from publishing information about the families of public officials. A newspaper publisher wants to write a story about a judge's wife who was arrested for embezzlement. Two questions:
- Does the Tennessee Constitution protect the freedom of the press? If so, how?
- Does the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution apply to a state legislature? Why or why not?
You will be judged on your research, analysis and writing, not on your conclusion.
Suggested length: 300 to 500 words
There isn't a right or wrong answer. Applicants will be judged on the quality of their research, analysis and reasoning.