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Assistant Attorney General

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

The Opinions, Appeals & Ethics Section of the Alaska Department of Law is looking for a talented, energetic, and hard-working attorney to join our legal team in the Anchorage office. If you want to do meaningful work in a collegial and professionally fulfilling workplace, we hope you will consider joining us. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for this position on July 6, 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 Alaska Department of Law, led by Alaska’s Attorney General, is the chief law office for the State of Alaska’s executive branch. The Department’s Civil Division is made up of 13 different sections staffed by attorneys throughout the state and is considered the “largest law firm” in Alaska.

Job Description

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 stage 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.

Working and Living in Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and a great community in which to live and work. National Geographic Traveler named it one of the “Best of the World” destinations in 2017. A gateway to the unsurpassed wilderness areas nearby, the city also offers a wide array of social, cultural, athletic, and professional opportunities for individuals and families. There are 250 miles of trails inside the city to explore—many just minutes from downtown—and spectacular mountains, rivers, and glaciers nearby for hiking, biking, running, fishing, and skiing. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, an eleven-mile coastal trail that begins in downtown Anchorage, starts only blocks from the Department of Law. Anchorage is also home to Alaska’s largest university and enjoys performing arts centers, shopping, nightlife, and a growing culinary scene.

Qualifications

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 clerk for a trial or appellate judge. 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.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, list of three professional references, and three writing samples. The deadline for applying is July 6, 2018.

Salary will depend on the background and experience of the selected candidate.

Individuals who would like additional information about the position may contact Dario Borghesan, supervising attorney for the Opinions, Appeals & Ethics Section, at (907) 269-5100 or dario.borghesan@alaska.gov.

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 three comprehensive professional writing samples. 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:
civil.recruit@alaska.gov
(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.