It’s a bad news/good news scenario.
The bad news: Judge Jim Umsted, Memphis, will be retiring shortly. The good news: He will continue to assist on a part-time basis to review/approve settlements in Memphis. The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims in particular are grateful to Judge Umsted for his years of service. We wish him well in all future endeavors.
In light of the Court’s ever-expanding case load, it is necessary to fill his position with a full-time judge sitting in West Tennessee. If you are interested in joining our Court, please see the official job positing here. You must have a valid, active Tennessee law license, be at least thirty years old and have at least five years’ experience in Tennessee workers’ compensation law.
The Court operates with the following core values: unimpeachable ethics, honesty, superior customer service, devotion to the pursuit of excellence, impartiality, fairness, integrity and efficiency. These are some of the qualities we will look for in the newest judge. As an aside, we also value a strong work ethic and a sense of humor.
If you have questions about the position, you may contact Bureau Administrator Abbie Hudgens. Only applications received on or before January 6, 2017, will be considered.