Employment Opportunities

Attorney Fellowship

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

The State of Alaska, Department of Law is recruiting for one attorney for a two-year fellowship in the Opinion, Appeals, and Ethics Section of the Civil Division.

Interested candidates must submit a complete resume package as described in this announcement. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for this position on May 16, 2017. To be assured of consideration for this position, interested applicants should apply before 4:30 p.m. on May 16, 2017. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available. Applicants who have questions about the position should contact the people identified below. For general information about the Department of Law, please see our website: www.law.alaska.gov.

Fellowship Description

The Civil Division is offering a two-year fellowship in its Anchorage office that will begin in the fall of 2017. 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; and exceptionally qualified law students in their final year at an accredited law school.

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 in 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.

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 (from May 1 to May 10) or Dario Borghesan (from May 11 to May 16) at (907) 269-5275.

Application Instructions

Salary will depend upon the legal background and experience of the selected candidate. A comprehensive state benefits package is provided for 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 must submit a cover letter and resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references. Candidates also must submit two comprehensive professional writing samples. To be assured of consideration for the position, applicants should apply before 4:30 p.m. on May 16, 2017. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available.

Applications can be mailed or hand-delivered to:

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

or emailed to:


(Those applying via email should title the subject line “application for current attorney recruitment.”)

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.