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Fellowship Attorney

Opinions, Appeals, and Ethics Section - Full-Time; Anchorage Office

Position

The Opinions, Appeals, and Ethics Section of the Department of Law is looking for a talented, energetic, and hard-working full-time attorney for a two-year fellowship in our Anchorage office. If you want to be a part of a collegial, collaborative and professionally inspiring workplace, we hope you will consider joining us. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for this position on February 20, 2018, and the job will begin in the fall of 2018. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available. Applicants who have questions about the position should contact the section supervisor identified below.

The Office

The Civil Division of the Department of Law is the State of Alaska’s chief legal office in civil matters. The Department of Law is comprised of 13 different sections throughout the state and is considered the “largest law firm” in Alaska.

The Opinions, Appeals, and Ethics section oversees all civil division appeals and attorney general opinions. The section is also responsible for interpretation and enforcement of the Executive Branch Ethics Act (AS 39.52) and for coordinating the department's work on Alaska Native matters. The section’s attorneys work in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Working and Living in Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city. The city is a gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains. It’s a great community to live and work in. National Geographic Traveler named it one of the “Best of the World” destinations in 2017. The city offers a wide array of social, cultural, athletic, and professional opportunities for individuals and families. There are 250 miles of trail inside the city to explore—many just minutes from downtown and spectacular mountains and glaciers nearby for hiking, biking, running, and skiing. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, an 11 mile coastal trail that begins in downtown Anchorage, begins only blocks from the Department of Law. Anchorage is also home to Alaska’s largest university and enjoys multiple performing arts centers, extensive shopping and nightlife; and a growing culinary scene to enjoy.  For more information, please see our website: www.law.alaska.gov.

Job Description

Fellows will be part of the Opinions, Appeals, and Ethics Section and report to the Solicitor General. Each fellow will be assigned a mentor who specializes in appellate practice.

In the first year, the fellow will participate in the full range of work handled in the Opinions, Appeals, and Ethics section. The fellow will handle and assist with civil appeals to Alaska’s superior and supreme courts and assist with special department projects. The fellow’s responsibilities will include drafting appellate briefs, presenting at least one oral argument, evaluating potential appeals, and sitting on moot courts for other attorneys. In the second year, the fellow will have the opportunity to partner with attorneys in other sections to work on a range of civil practice areas. Near the end of the fellowship period, the fellow will be eligible to apply for any open attorney positions at the Department.

Qualifications

This position is a two-year fellowship that will begin in the fall of 2018. Candidates should be law graduates currently serving as full-time judicial clerks or who have recently completed a judicial clerkship; law graduates participating in government, academic, or public-interest fellowships that will be completed prior to the start date of the Department of Law’s fellowship; or exceptionally qualified law students in their final year at an accredited law school.

The fellow will be chosen based on academic achievements, references, writing ability, and commitment to public service. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated interest in Alaska. Candidates should either be members of the Alaska Bar or must take and pass the Alaska bar exam in the February following the start of the fellowship (and must be able to practice in accordance with Alaska Bar Rule 44(3)(c)).

For additional information about this position, contact Joanne Grace at (907) 269-5275.

Application Instructions

Salary will depend upon the legal background and experience of the selected candidate. The State provides a comprehensive state benefits package to regular, full-time, partially-exempt (PX) positions. State attorneys are in the partially-exempt service and serve at will, at the pleasure of the Attorney General.

Candidates who are interested in applying for this position must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references. Candidates also must submit a comprehensive professional writing sample. A cover letter should specify the position for which the applicant is applying.  Applications can be either emailed to civil.recruit@alaska.gov (with the subject line titled “application for attorney fellowship recruitment”) or mailed or hand-delivered to:

Office of the Attorney General
1031 W 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501

All interested and qualified applicants will be considered, but not every applicant will be interviewed.

The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the American with Disabilities Act. Applicants who need accommodation to apply may call Melanie Ferguson at the department’s Anchorage office (907) 269-5102 or Relay Alaska at 1-800-770-8973.