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Assistant Attorney General

Child Protection Section - Full-Time; Juneau Office

The Child Protection section of the Department of Law is looking for a talented, energetic, and hard-working full-time attorney who wants to become a member of our dynamic legal team in our Juneau 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 June 29, 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 Child Protection section provides advice and representation to the Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Children's Services. Section attorneys provide advice on child protection statutes and regulations, institute court actions when children must be removed from abusive or neglectful homes or when court oversight is required, work closely with the Department on legal decisions during the life of the case, and file petitions to terminate parental rights so that safe, permanent homes for children can be found if reunification is not possible. The section’s attorneys work in Anchorage, Bethel, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Nome, and Palmer.

Working and Living in Juneau, Alaska

Juneau is Alaska’s artsiest community by population (roughly 33,000) and is a wonderful place to live, recreate and work! Nestled alongside the Gastineau Channel and stretching north into the Mendenhall Glacier Valley, Juneau is surrounded by the diverse ecosystem of the Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest national forest. Juneau is a temperate rainforest and gets a healthy dose of annual precipitation, a point of pride among local residents and a fact that doesn’t stop Juneau from ranking 6th out of 933 communities nationwide for its overall creative vitality. Juneau’s mountainous terrain and ocean access provides community residents with countless trails for running and biking, an array of hiking opportunities, and extensive kayaking, fishing, and boating right outside your doorstep. In the winter, Juneau residents enjoy skiing and snowboarding at the locally-owned ski mountain, snowshoe or cross-country ski the city’s many trails, or curl up with a book in front of the fireplace. With a growing nightlife and culinary scene, Juneau is a vibrant and active community. Juneau has a flourishing performing arts community that includes comedy groups, live bands, and other niche subcultures. Juneau is the only state capital inaccessible by road, but it’s just a puddle jump away from many of the other beautiful Southeast islands and communities and a two-hour flight from Seattle.

Job Description

The primary responsibility of the attorney in this position is to handle child-in-need-of-aid cases in the Anchorage office. The case load is heavy and focused on litigation.  This position requires extensive superior court trial work and a significant amount of written motion practice. The attorney may also have the opportunity to work on child welfare policy and participate in special projects aimed at improving the child welfare system in Alaska. Some travel within Alaska will be necessary.


Attorneys in this section produce a high volume of work on a daily basis. At least two years of trial experience and experience in child abuse or neglect law is highly desired. General criminal and family law experience will also be considered. Candidates must have strong litigation, case management, and time management skills.  Candidates must also be able to demonstrate effective and appropriate consensus building and a willingness to be flexible. This position requires an attorney who is a creative thinker and is able to think and make decisions quickly and work independently and well under pressure. The successful candidate should be committed to the child welfare field and able to work with a variety of people, including the client agency, the general public, and witnesses.

For additional information about this position, contact Carla Erickson at (907) 269-5140.

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 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 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.