Alaska Legal Services Corporation is seeking a full-time staff attorney to serve clients in an innovative holistic defense project in its Bethel office.
ALSC is partnering with the Alaska Public Defender Agency (APDA) to start Alaska’s first holistic defense practice. The holistic defense project will be piloted in Bethel, Alaska, and will include criminal defense attorneys, a social worker, and a civil legal services attorney, all working together to help clients make lasting changes in their lives. The ALSC attorney will work with other members of the holistic defense team to help identify and solve clients’ civil legal problems. The ALSC attorney will provide a wide range of civil legal services to clients referred by the APDA, including but not limited to housing, family law, health law, and juvenile rights issues.
Bethel is the largest city in western Alaska and serves as an administrative and transportation hub for the surrounding fifty-six villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwin Delta region. Approximately 85% of Y-K residents are Alaska Native, and many practice a subsistence lifestyle. The Y-K Delta is one of the poorest regions in the country. The region has few roads, and residents travel by boat, snowmachine, or plane.
Applicants must demonstrate an ability to gain clients’ trust and a commitment to effecting change for them on an individual and systemic level. The ideal applicant will have a background working in cross-cultural situations. Duties will include a general civil practice with special emphasis on legal issues faced by clients in the criminal justice system. Other duties will include working with community groups to build a network of resources for clients; planning and conducting community legal education; and some travel to small communities and rural villages in the region.
Must be admitted to practice law in Alaska or admitted to practice in another state and eligible for an Alaska bar waiver. Computer proficiency required. Salary $$60,624 — $81,936 annually, DOE. Generous benefits and leave package, plus partial reimbursement of relocation expenses provided. To apply, submit resume, writing sample, and references by email to:
Leigh Dickey, Rural Supervising Attorney
Position open until filled.