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Assistant Attorney General

Legislation and Regulations Section - Full-Time; Juneau Office

The Legislation and Regulations 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 August 1, 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 Legislation and Regulations section provides advice and representation to most executive branch agencies, including the Office of the Governor. The section’s attorney are responsible for preparing legislation and amendments, monitoring state and federal legislation and coordinating the department’s testimony before the state legislature on bills. The section supervisor is the regulations attorney; accordingly the section attorneys provide legal advice to executive branch agencies in all stages of regulations, from initial notice to final review. Attorneys in the section also provide advice on parliamentary and constitutional questions on legislative procedures. The section is responsible for preparing the Drafting Manual for Administrative Regulations. The section’s attorneys are located in Juneau.

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 attorney’s primary responsibility will be researching and drafting complex and high-priority legislation. The work will include preparing amendments during the legislative session. Other primary duties include review of proposed and adopted regulations. The attorney will be required to work closely with executive branch agencies and other department attorneys. The attorney will also have the opportunity to assist in evaluating constitutional and other issues of statewide importance.


Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school. It is preferred that applicants have a minimum of five years of licensed practice that included significant  responsibility for drafting legislation and amendments, taking into account form, style, and legal issues. Desirable qualifications include an understanding of the State of Alaska’s organizational structure, and legislative and budgeting process. While not required, experience in drafting or reviewing regulations is also desirable. The successful candidate must be willing to draft legislation in a variety of subject areas. Candidates must demonstrate exceptional writing and analytical skills, strong organizational and time management skills, and the ability to offer solution-oriented options for complex issues. The applicant should be able to work comfortably and cooperatively in a team environment, sometimes on an expedited basis.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples (for this position, a writing sample may include legislation or regulations), and three professional references. The deadline for applying is August 1, 2018.

For additional information about this position, contact the legislation and regulations section supervisor Susan Pollard at (907) 465-2168.

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.