Assistant Attorney General
Commercial, Fair Business & Child Support - Full-Time; Anchorage Office
The Commercial, Fair Business & Child Support Section of the Department of Law is looking for a talented and hard-working attorney to join our active legal team in Anchorage. If you want to be a part of a collegial and collaborative workplace, we hope you will consider joining us. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for this full-time position on November 16, 2018. Applications received after that date will be considered if the positions remain available. Applicants who have questions about this position should contact the section supervisor identified below.
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 Commercial, Fair Business & Child Support section represents and gives advice to 17 different divisions, commissions, and public corporations within the Departments of Administration, Revenue, Education & Early Development, Natural Resources, and Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The section also represents and gives advice to 20 professional licensing boards and commissions. Section attorneys provide legal services on revenue and commercial matters; protects the integrity of the state's public finances through fair interpretation, implementation, enforcement, defense, adoption of statutes and regulations governing state revenue, the Permanent Fund dividend, and various lending programs; and protects public health and safety through its work with the agencies, boards, and commissions governing professional licenses, tobacco sales, and certified teachers. The section also protects the public by providing legal services and advice to the agencies that monitor insurance companies and other insurance licensees, charitable gaming, public utilities, banks, securities, corporations, mortgage brokers, and payday lenders. The section consists of 12 attorneys in Anchorage office and one attorney in the Juneau office. For more information, please see our website: www.law.alaska.gov.
Working and Living in Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city. The city is a gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains. It’s a great community to live and work in. National Geographic Traveler named it one of the “Best of the World” destinations in 2017. The city offers a wide array of social, cultural, athletic, and professional opportunities for individuals and families. There are 250 miles of trail inside the city to explore—many just minutes from downtown and spectacular mountains and glaciers nearby for hiking, biking, running, and skiing. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, an 11 mile coastal trail that begins in downtown Anchorage, begins only blocks from the Department of Law. Anchorage is also home to Alaska’s largest university and enjoys multiple performing arts centers, extensive shopping and nightlife; and a growing culinary scene to enjoy.
The attorney hired for this positions will primarily represent the Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing, before various occupational boards and commissions. The attorney will be involved in preparing and presenting disciplinary actions against individuals holding occupational licenses. The boards and commissions involved include the State Medical Board, Board of Nursing, Board of Dental Examiners, Board of Marital and Family Therapy, Board of Pharmacy, Real Estate Commission, State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board, Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associate Examiners, State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors, Big Game Commercial Services Board, and others listed in AS 08.01.010. The work is varied and will include appearances before the Office of Administrative Hearing and in the state superior and appellate courts.
The attorney also will assist in providing legal advice to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska in all matters under its jurisdiction related to the regulation of public utilities. This work may include giving advice to the commission in public meetings and adjudications, reviewing commission's orders for compliance with legal requirements; defending RCA orders on appeal, completing the legal review of regulations adopted by the RCA; and drafting or monitoring legislation related to the RCA or public utility regulation.
In addition to these areas, the attorney selected may be called upon to assist other attorneys in the section with representation and advice to other section clients, including, the Child Support Services Division, the Division of Banking Securities, and the Permanent Fund Dividend Division.
Applicants should have two years of licensed practice with experience in civil or administrative litigation. This experience should include taking cases to trial or hearing on the merits. Prior experience in litigating professional negligence, personal injury, or similar types of tort cases is desirable but not required. Applicants must be able to handle all phases of litigation including discovery, motion practice, civil trials or administrative hearings, and appeals. Strong writing and oral advocacy skills are important.
For further information, contact Rebecca Cain at (907) 269-5100 or by email at Rebecca.Cain@alaska.gov.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.