Associate Attorney I

Anchorage, AK
Full Time
Job #: 29069
Class Definition:
Under general supervision, serves as an associate to one or more attorneys or judicial officers, performing more difficult assignments in assisting the legal staff in litigation, providing routine legal information and advice developed by attorneys, drafting reports and correspondence dealing with departmental programs, policies and actions under direction of attorneys.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
This class of positions represents duties of a "mixed" nature containing those of a paralegal and/or a law clerk type, designed to free others on the professional staff to devote full time to problems requiring legal expertise.

Examples of Duties
  • Assist attorneys with litigation; prepare exhibits and routine pleadings, interview witnesses, prepare and answer interrogatories, research the factual background of the case.
  • Assist in resolving a variety of legal problems for example, in condemnation proceedings gather "comparables" for use in establishing market values; in lien foreclosure proceedings prepare special legal form involved, research court and title records.
  • Receive requests from other departments, private or public agencies and the general public for general and routine legal information, texts of statues, proper channels to obtain special legal assistance, research individual requests and prepare replies to individuals in a variety of specialized and professional fields.
  • Maintain files on a status of on-going cases, pending files, document deadline and courtroom date files; add to, delete from and research files for statistical and narrative data; prepare records related to criminal law including such items as arrests, indictments and convictions by type of offense, confer and coordinate criminal research and statistics with the district attorneys' offices and with the State Troopers.
  • Is assigned a particular legal interest area and a departmental policy position; determine format of presentation depending upon the media to be used; conduct files research, interview knowledgeable individuals, monitor preparation of exhibits and photographic presentations, prepare draft reports and correspondence.
  • Review, make analyses and recommendations pertaining to existing and proposed statutes, regulations and rules; assist state officials in drafting specific portions of legislation.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of legal principles and practices; administrative and constitutional law, legal procedures, methods of legal research, and rules of evidence; criminal proceedings; journalistic procedures.
  • Ability to conduct research projects, interview people, gather facts, analyze collective data and make recommendations; prepare concise but comprehensive records and reports; meet the public and maintain pleasant relationships; write speeches, scripts and news releases.

Minimum Qualifications
Positions in this job class are in the Partially-Exempt service.

The Department of Administration, Public Defender Agency (PDA) is recruiting for a full-time Legal Advocate (Associate Attorney I) located in Anchorage, Alaska.

What you will be doing:
This position works in the Civil section of the Agency’s Anchorage office and under the guidance of Agency attorneys, provides advocacy and support to clients by helping them locate and access services that aid them in successful completion of case plans or in preparing for litigation to reunify their families. This position also supervises the support staff of the Anchorage Civil section, providing guidance and oversight of their legal administrative work. The position’s duties include interviewing treatment providers and witnesses, coordinating expert testimonies for trial, and attending Office of Children’s Services administrative meetings with clients.

Our organization, mission, and culture:
The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to counsel in many types of cases and the Public Defender Agency is appointed by the Court to represent people who are unable to afford counsel on their own. This position is an integral part of providing that representation and protecting our clients' rights. You will work closely with attorneys and other Agency staff to acquire complete records and transcripts, provide high-level assistance on litigation preparation, and communicate with clients frequently in writing and over the phone. This position is essential to the success of the division by providing advanced litigation and trial support and client services.

The working conditions you can expect:
Public Defender Agency staff have the opportunity to work as a team to provide meaningful contributions to Alaska, as the work we do impacts people’s lives and protects the constitutional rights of all Alaskans. This important work helps improve case outcomes for individuals charged with crimes, helps re-unify families, and provides the foundation for successful re-entry into communities.

The office is located in downtown Anchorage near the Nesbett and Boney courthouses. The hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM with an hour lunch at noon. The position supports a team of ten attorneys under the direction of the Civil Division’s Deputy Public Defender, and supervises the section’s paralegal and legal assistant.

To view the general description and example duties for an Associate Attorney I, please visit the following link:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Minimum Qualifications:
Positions in this job class are in the Partially-Exempt service.

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