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Department of Corrections Attorney

Torts & Workers’ Compensation Section - Full-Time; Anchorage
(position 20-TWC-03; open until filled)

Job description

The Torts & Workers’ Compensation section is recruiting for a full-time trial attorney in its Anchorage office to represent the Department of Corrections and its employees in civil lawsuits filed by prisoners. These cases allege medical deliberate indifference, excessive force, and other constitutional violations as well as relief under the Cleary consent decree. The attorney’s duties incorporate all aspects of civil litigation defense in both state and federal courts, including investigation, discovery, motion practice, trial and appellate work. In addition to cases filed in Anchorage, the attorney may handle cases in Juneau, Kenai, Palmer, and Fairbanks. Travel both in Alaska and out of state may be required.


To be considered for this position, applicants should meet a minimum qualification of at least three years of litigation practice as an attorney responsible for her/his own caseload. Trial experience as either lead counsel or second chair is also preferred. Qualified applicants must have precise analytical skills, excellent writing ability, and strong oral advocacy skills. They should enjoy all aspects of the litigation process including trial. Applicants should be highly motivated and able to work well as a member of a litigation team.


Individuals who would like additional information about the position may contact Patti Shake, Supervising Attorney for the Torts and Workers’ Compensation section, at (907) 269-5100; email

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 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 by using the job number 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.