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Assistant Attorney General

Labor and State Affairs Section - Full-Time; Anchorage Office

The Labor and State Affairs 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 Anchorage 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 January 12, 2018. 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 Labor and State affairs section consists of 16 attorneys who serve five different state departments in addition to providing legal services for the Office of the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor, the Office of Management and Budget, the Division of Elections, the Alaska Public Offices Commission, the Alaska State Commission on Human Rights, and various state public corporations. The attorneys in this section provide legal advice to these and other state agencies and officials on a diverse array of issues including governmental management, labor relations, civil rights, OSHA, disaster management and homeland security, separation of powers issues, and municipal law matters.  The section’s attorneys work in Anchorage and Juneau.

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.  For more information, please see our website:

Job Description

The attorney in this position will be primarily assigned to represent the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs (DMVA)—including the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Office of the Adjutant General—and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Depending on attorney interest, experience, and workload, the attorney also will have the opportunity to provide legal services to other client agencies and on other issues including constitutional law claims, the open meetings act, public records laws, legislative issues, and more.

The DMVA work involves advising on issues arising under Alaska’s military code (AS 26.05); providing advice on National Guard and Alaska State Defense Force matters under both state and federal law; representing DMVA on some employment matters, and advising the agency on federal-state agreements and regulations issues.  The attorney will also advise both DHS&EM and the Governor’s Office on issues pertaining to disasters and emergencies under both state law (AS 26.03) and federal law (42 USC 5121 et seq.).  

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development work will primarily consist of advising divisions in the Department on matters relating to occupational safety, wage and hour, employment security, the workers’ compensation benefits guaranty fund, and other matters.  The caseload for this position offers a mixture of direct aid-to-agency advice and administrative proceedings, some legislation and regulation drafting and, to a lesser extent, state and federal court litigation.


Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school, have at least two full years of post-graduation experience practicing law as a licensed attorney and/or have served as a clerk for a trial or appellate judge, and have a strong knowledge of general legal principles and practices. Excellent communication skills, superior analytical and writing skills, good judgment, and the ability to work in a team environment while under minimum supervision are essential. A background in labor law, disaster response, contracts, grants, or administrative law is preferred, but not required. Applicants should be comfortable working under minimum supervision and directly advising clients, and should expect to:

  • Analyze and make recommendations on legal and factual questions;
  • Assess and manage cases and claims;
  • Draft legislation and regulations, and testify to legislative committees;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with public agencies, state officials, and the general public.

Individuals who would like additional information about the position may contact Janell Hafner, Supervising Attorney for Labor and State Affairs at (907) 465-3600; email

Application Instructions

Salary will depend upon the legal background and experience of the selected candidate. A comprehensive state benefits package is provided for 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 mailed or hand-delivered to:

Office of the Attorney General
1031 W 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501

or emailed to:

(Those applying via email should title the subject line “application for current attorney recruitment.”)

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.