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Employment Opportunities

Corrections Attorney

Torts & Workers’ Compensation Section - Full-Time; Anchorage
(position 21-TWC-04; open until filled)

Job description

The Torts & Workers’ Compensation section is recruiting for a full-time litigation attorney in its Anchorage office to represent the Department of Corrections and its employees in civil lawsuits filed by prisoners.  These cases include petitions for post-conviction relief, allegations of medical deliberate indifference, excessive force, and other constitutional violations as well as relief under the Cleary consent decree.  The attorney’s duties incorporate all aspects of civil litigation defense in both state and federal courts, including investigation, discovery, motion practice, evidentiary hearings, trial and appellate work. The evidentiary hearings and/or bench trials are generally short—one or two days—and occur approximately once or twice a year.  In addition to cases filed in Anchorage, the attorney may handle cases in Juneau, Kenai, Palmer, and Fairbanks. 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.  Applicants must either be a member of the Alaska Bar or must become a member within ten months and be able to practice in accordance with Alaska Bar Rule 44(3)(c).  Qualified applicants must have excellent communication, oral advocacy, writing, and time management skills.  The ability to handle a high volume of cases in a fast-paced work environment is essential.  They should enjoy all aspects of the litigation process including trial.  Applicants should be highly motivated and able to work well as a member of a litigation team.  

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 or by email at patti.shake@alaska.gov.

Salary and Benefits

Salary will depend upon the legal experience of the selected candidate. Attorneys offered positions requiring relocation may be eligible for moving reimbursement.  The State provides a comprehensive state benefits package, which includes health insurance, generous leave accrual, 11 paid holidays, and a variety of retirement plans. Additionally, employees may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the Public Loan Forgiveness Program. Attorneys work a standard 37.5-hour workweek and after an initial training period are eligible for part-time teleworking, alternate workweek, or a flex schedule allowing for a good work-life balance.

Application Instructions

Candidates who are interested in 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 by using the job number 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) 269-5101 or Relay Alaska at 1-800-770-8973.