The Opinions, Appeals & Ethics Section of the Department of Law is seeking a talented and hard-working attorney for a two-year fellowship in our Anchorage office. If you want to be a part of a collegial and intellectually-challenging workplace, we hope you will consider joining us. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for this position on January 17, 2020. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available. Applicants who have questions about the position should contact the supervising attorney of the Opinions, Appeals & Ethics Section, Dario Borghesan, at (907) 269-5275.
The Civil Division of the Department of Law is the State of Alaska’s chief legal office in civil matters, and is considered the “largest law firm” in Alaska. The Civil Division contains 14 different sections specializing in different areas of the law. The Opinions, Appeals & Ethics section oversees all civil appeals and attorney general opinions. The section is also responsible for interpreting and enforcing the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.
Working and Living in Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and a great place to live and work. 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 trails 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 starting 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 lively culinary scene. For more information, please see our website: www.law.alaska.gov.
Fellows will be part of the Opinions, Appeals & Ethics Section and report to the supervisor of that section. Each fellow will be assigned a mentor who specializes in appellate practice.
In the first year, the fellow will focus on appellate work. The fellow’s responsibilities will include drafting appellate briefs, presenting at least one oral argument, evaluating potential appeals, and sitting on moot courts for other attorneys. In the second year, the fellow will have the opportunity work on a wide variety of civil matters—including trial practice, administrative proceedings, and advice to client agencies—in partnership with attorneys in other sections of the civil division. Near the end of the fellowship period, the fellow will be eligible to apply for any open attorney positions at the Department.
This position is a two-year fellowship that will begin on or around September 1, 2020. Eligible candidates are: law school graduates currently serving as full-time judicial clerks or who have recently completed a judicial clerkship; law school 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.
The fellow will be chosen based on academic achievements, references, writing ability, and commitment to public service. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated interest in Alaska. Candidates must either be members of the Alaska Bar or take and pass the Alaska bar exam in the February following the start of the fellowship (and must be able to practice in accordance with Alaska Bar Rule 44(3)(c)).
Salary will depend upon the legal background and experience of the selected candidate. The State provides a comprehensive benefits package to regular, full-time, partially-exempt 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 this position must submit a cover letter, resume, list of three professional references, and two writing samples. The cover letter should reference the 2020 Fellowship position. Applications can be either emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (with the subject line titled “application for attorney fellowship”) 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.