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Employment Opportunities

Appeals Attorney

Opinions, Appeals & Ethics Section - Full-Time; Anchorage or Juneau
(positions 21-OAE-01; open until filled)

The Opinions, Appeals & Ethics Section of the Alaska Department of Law is looking for a talented, bright, and collegial attorney to join our legal team in Anchorage or Juneau. The section consists of nine full-time attorneys, a paralegal, and two administrative office staff professionals. If you love legal writing and appellate advocacy, care about being a member of a hard-working team, and want to do meaningful work in a friendly, supportive and professionally fulfilling workplace, we hope you will consider joining us.

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.  Attorneys in the section represent the Office of Children’s Services in all child welfare appeals, including appeals involving the Indian Child Welfare Act. They assist with critical motion practice and strategic decision-making at the trial court level and often partner with special litigation attorneys on expedited, elections, and other complex cases. 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, coordinating the state’s work on amicus curiae briefs, and drafting published Attorney General Opinions on matters of great public significance.

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. Outstanding legal 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:

  • Independently write high-quality appellate briefs and present oral argument;
  • Prepare clear, cogent, and well-researched memos analyzing complex legal questions;
  • Regularly give and receive constructive feedback on legal work; and
  • Help teams working on expedited and emergency matters with briefing and legal research.

Contact

Individuals who would like additional information about the position may contact Jessie Alloway at (907) 269-5100 or jessie.alloway@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 Kelly West at the department’s Anchorage office (907) 269-5102 or Relay Alaska at 1-800-770-8973.