Anchorage District Attorney’s Office and Office of Criminal Appeals
The State of Alaska, Department of Law, Criminal Division is offering a two-year fellowship in its Anchorage offices that will begin in the fall of 2021. The position is split between the District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Criminal Appeals.
This program is designed to provide an opportunity for an attorney to experience a broader range of legal work than would ordinarily be allowed in a permanent position with the Department. The expectation is that this fellowship might lead to permanent employment with the department at the conclusion of the fellowship, depending on the quality of the fellow’s performance and the availability of positions.
The first year is a trial rotation within the Anchorage District Attorney’s office where the fellow would be exposed to a wide range of felony and misdemeanor criminal litigation, from motion work to trial practice. This is not an assignment limited to covering one class of hearings. The expectation is that the fellow would be able to independently manage a criminal trial caseload of misdemeanors and B and C level felonies, to include first-chairing trials. The fellow will also have the opportunity to work on higher level felony cases under the mentorship of experienced prosecutors.
In the second year, the fellow will be assigned to the Office of Criminal Appeals where they will apply the training gleaned in the district attorney’s office to representing the state in appellate matters filed in the court of appeals and federal district court. Primary responsibilities will include drafting appellate briefs, potentially participating in oral argument, evaluating potential appeals, and assisting with special department projects.
This program provides an opportunity to work with attorneys throughout the Department on critical matters of public interest. Near or at the close of the fellowship period, the successful candidate would be eligible to apply for any open attorney position within the Department, including those only open to current Department employees. Salary will depend on the experience and legal background of the selected candidate. The position qualifies for state benefits as a regular, full-time, partially-exempt executive branch employee.
Candidates should be law graduates currently serving as full-time judicial clerks or who have recently completed a judicial clerkship; law graduates participating in government, academic, or public-interest fellowships that will be completed prior to the start date of the Department of Law’s fellowship; and exceptionally qualified law students in their final year at an accredited law school. Preference will be given to applicants who have been admitted to practice in a UBE jurisdiction.
Individuals who would like more information about this position may contact Solicitor General Tamara DeLucia at (907) 269-6260, or by email at Tamara.DeLucia@alaska.gov.
Candidates who are interested in applying for a position should submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references. Please include a professional writing sample. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
Preferably applications may be submitted electronically to: CriminalLawRecruit@alaska.gov
or via hard copy to:
Department of Law
Criminal Division Central Office
P.O. Box 110300
Juneau, AK 99811-0300
The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodation to apply may contact the Criminal Division Central Office at (907) 465-3600 or Relay Alaska at (800) 770-8973.