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Employment Opportunities

Assistant Attorney General

Opinions, Appeals & Ethics Section- Full-Time; Anchorage Office (Position 19-OAE-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 Opinions, Appeals & Ethics Section of the Alaska Department of Law is looking for a talented and hard-working attorney to join our legal team in the Anchorage office. The job consists primarily of civil appellate work, critical motion practice in the trial courts, and giving advice to government agency clients on complex legal matters. If you want to do meaningful work in a collegial and professionally fulfilling workplace, we hope you will consider joining us. The attorney selected for this position will do the full range of work handled by the Opinions, Appeals & Ethics Section. The section’s attorneys litigate some of the State’s most high-profile and complex cases in both the Alaska Supreme Court and the federal courts of appeal, in addition to representing the Office of Children’s Services in all child welfare appeals. They also assist with critical motion practice and strategic decision-making at the trial court level. To help maintain the quality of the Department’s appellate practice, the section’s attorneys review all briefs filed in the Alaska Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals and staff moot courts for oral arguments. Attorneys from the section are often tasked with complex research projects, providing internal advice to state agencies, and drafting published Attorney General Opinions on matters of great public significance.


Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and have at least two years of post-graduation experience practicing law as a licensed attorney and/or judicial clerk. Top-notch writing and analytical abilities, excellent oral communication skills, good judgment, and the ability to work on a team are essential. Applicants should be comfortable working independently and should expect to:

  • Write appellate briefs and present oral argument;
  • Prepare memos analyzing complex legal questions;
  • Give and receive constructive feedback on legal work; and
  • Help teams working on expedited and emergency matters with briefing and legal research. 


Individuals who would like additional information about the position may contact Dario Borghesan at (907) 269-5100 or

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.