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Assistant Attorney General

Child Protection Section - Full-Time; Anchorage Office

The Child Protection section of the Department of Law is looking for a talented, energetic, and hard-working full-time attorney who wants to become a member of our dynamic legal team in our Palmer office. 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 this position on March 2, 2018. Attorneys who applied for this position in response to the February 2018 recruitment notice will automatically be considered for this vacancy and need not resubmit an application. 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.

The Office

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 Child Protection section provides advice and representation to the Department of Health and Social Services Office of Children's Services. Services the section provides to DHSS include advice on child protection statutes and regulations, instituting court actions when children must be removed from abusive or neglectful homes or when court oversight is required, working closely with the Department on legal decision making during the life of the child protection case, and filing petitions to terminate parental rights so that safe, permanent homes for children can be found if reunification is not possible. The section’s attorneys work in Anchorage, Bethel, Fairbanks, Kenai, Nome, Palmer, and Juneau.

Working and Living in Palmer, Alaska

Palmer is a fast-growing community located 40 miles northeast of Anchorage that enjoys the best of two worlds—easy access to Anchorage’s urban conveniences and a spacious, rural setting. Palmer was originally established as a farming community, and the unique microclimate lends itself to beautiful flowers and giant vegetables. The midnight sun shines up to 20 hours a day during the summer, producing world-record cabbages weighing over 100 pounds that amaze visitors at the annual Alaska State Fair which is held locally. Summer and winter outdoor recreational opportunities abound, including fishing, skiing, and hiking—from little Bodenburg Butte to the towering peaks of the Talkeetna Mountains around Hatcher Pass. Over the last 20 years, Palmer has grown an average of 3% per year, with new housing being built yearly. For more information, please see our website:

Job Description

The primary responsibility of the attorney in this position is to handle child-in-need-of-aid cases in the Palmer office. The case load is heavy and focused on litigation. This position requires extensive superior court trial work and a significant amount of written motion practice. The attorney may also have the opportunity to work on child welfare policy and participate in special projects aimed at improving the child welfare system in Alaska. Some travel within Alaska will be necessary.


Attorneys in this section produce a high volume of work on a daily basis. At least two years of trial experience and experience in child abuse or neglect law is highly desired. General criminal and family law experience will also be considered. Candidates must have strong litigation, case management, and time management skills.  Candidates must also be able to demonstrate effective and appropriate consensus building and a willingness to be flexible. These positions require an attorney who is a creative thinker, able to think and make decisions quickly, and able to work independently and well under pressure. The successful candidates should be committed to the child welfare field and able to work with a variety of people, including the client agency, the general public and witnesses.

For additional information about this position, contact Carla Erickson at (907) 269-5140.

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 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. 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.