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Employment Opportunities

Assistant Attorney General

Torts & Workers' Compensation Section - Full-Time; Anchorage Office
(position 19-TWC-02, open until filled)

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 www.law.alaska.gov.

Job description

The attorney assigned to the Torts workgroup will incorporate all aspects of civil litigation defense in both state and federal court, including investigation, discovery, motion practice, trial, and appellate work. In addition to cases filed in Anchorage, the attorney may handle cases filed in other parts of the state including Kenai, Palmer, Fairbanks, and Bethel. The attorney will also provide legal counsel to state agencies on risk management and tort liability issues. Travel both in Alaska and out of state may be required.

Qualifications

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and have a strong knowledge of general legal principles and practices. Qualified applicants must have excellent communication, oral advocacy, writing, and time management skills, and good judgment. The ability to handle a high volume of cases in a fast-paced work environment is essential. Administrative law experience, including a background in workers’ compensation law, is preferred, but not required. Litigation experience in any forum is also preferred.

Applicants should be highly motivated and able to work as a member of a team with minimum supervision. They should feel comfortable directly advising clients, and should expect to:

  • Analyze and make recommendations on legal and factual questions;
  • Research and analyze medical issues;
  • Assess and manage cases and claims;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with public agencies, clients, opposing counsel, and unrepresented litigants.

Contact

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 patti.shake@alaska.gov.

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 civil.recruit@alaska.gov (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.