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Employment Opportunities

Assistant Attorney General

Labor & State Affairs Section - Full-Time; Anchorage or Juneau Office (Position 19-LSA-01; Position closes 1/18/19)

The Civil Division of the Department of Law is the State of Alaska’s chief legal office in civil matters. The Civil Division has thirteen sections in offices throughout the state and is considered the “largest law firm” in Alaska. The Department is looking for multiple talented, energetic, and hard-working full-time attorneys to become members of our dynamic legal team. 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 these positions on the closing dates listed in each job opening. 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. For more information about the Department of Law, please visit our website at

Job description

The Labor & State Affairs section is recruiting for a full-time attorney to practice primarily in the area of elections law.  It is highly preferred that this position be located in the Juneau office, though consideration will be given to current Anchorage based candidates with particularly strong qualifications.  This position is assigned to represent and advise the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and the Division of Elections. The primary job duties for this position are advising the Lt. Governor and the Division of Elections on a full range of elections issues, including election administration, candidate qualifications, election contest actions, ballot initiatives, recounts, and compliance with federal Voting Rights Act requirements such as minority language assistance and federal preclearance.  The position provides regular written and oral legal advice to the division, handles elections-related litigation (both independently and in tandem with members of the department’s special litigation and appellate sections), works with other attorneys to assist with legal issues relating to the primary and general elections for each election cycle, advises on Regional Educational Attendance Area Board elections, and handles all elections and initiative related legislation and regulations issues.  The attorney in this position is called upon to review initiative, referendum, and recall petition applications and handle any litigation arising from their certification or denial.  In addition to these duties, the attorney will be expected to regularly handle other work on behalf of the labor and state affairs section, including litigating matters on a range of issues before the Office of Administrative Hearings and in state and federal court, and providing advice to other executive branch agency officials on discrete questions such as the Open Meetings Act, the Public Records Act, questions of constitutional law, and other issues.


Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and have a minimum of three full years of post-graduation experience practicing law as a licensed attorney, one of which may be satisfied by having served as a clerk for a trial or appellate judge. A background in and familiarity with elections law, litigation, or government service is highly preferred, but not required.  Applicants must possess excellent judgment, work well under pressure and under short deadlines, excel at developing and nurturing strong working relationships, have excellent writing skills, and be capable of taking initiative and working well independently. Applicants should be comfortable with and interested in handling all phases of litigation—including discovery, motion practice, and appeals, and have an interest in collaborating with others on expedited elections litigation.  Because this position will be regularly assigned to elections related legislative matters, the successful applicant should also have an interest in and willingness to draft, edit, and testify on legislation, and must possess strong analytical and public speaking skills.


Individuals who would like additional information about the position may contact Janell Hafner at (907) 465-3600 or by e-mail at

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 these positions 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(s) for which the applicant is applying by using the job number(s) indicated on the recruitment announcement. Applications can be either emailed to (with the subject line titled “application for current attorney 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.