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Ade’ ndadz dengit’a?
(Deg Xinag)
"Hello, how are you?"
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Employment Opportunities

Assistant Attorney General

Labor and State Affairs Section - Full-Time; Anchorage Office (position closes 09/18/18)

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 next to 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

Job description

The Labor and State Affairs section is recruiting for a full-time attorney to represent the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The attorney selected for this position will primarily advise the Division of Workers' Compensation, including by representing and providing counsel to the Workers' Compensation Benefits Guaranty Fund, which provides benefits to employees of uninsured employers; the Division of Vocation Rehabilitation, which assists individuals with disabilities prepare for and retain employment; and the Alaska Labor Relations Agency, which administers statutes relating to collective bargaining for public employers. The attorney will also assist colleagues in the section with wage and hour matters, unemployment benefits appeals, and may provide general advice to and represent the Commissioner’s Office in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. In addition, the attorney also may help with public records requests and compliance with the Open Meetings Act. The position offers a varied mix of providing advice to agencies, representing agencies in administrative and court proceedings, drafting legislation and regulations, and testifying before legislative committees.


Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and have a minimum of three full years of post-graduation experience practicing law as a licensed attorney. One of the three years of experience may be satisfied by having served as a clerk for a trial or appellate judge. A background in and familiarity with workers' compensation is strongly preferred. Applicants must possess excellent judgment, be able to work independently and manage competing deadlines while remaining calm under pressure, and should excel at developing and maintaining strong client relationships. Applicants need to enjoy being part of a team environment, and be comfortable with and interested in handling all phases of administrative litigation, including discovery, motion practice, and appeals. The successful applicant must possess superior analytical skills and excellent writing ability and should have an interest in and willingness to help draft, edit, and testify on legislation.


Individuals who would like additional information about the position may contact Janell Hafner at (907) 465-3600 or by e-mail at   Attorneys who applied for this position in response to the August 2018 recruitment notices will automatically be considered for these vacancies and need not resubmit an application.

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.  Applications can be either emailed to (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.