alaska legal services corporation

Location: Anchorage, Alaska


Alaska Legal Services Corporation's mission is to provide high The Alaska Court System hosts the Access to Justice Commission and houses the Self-Help Services department. The fellow position would be instrumental to furthering the ATJ Commission’s vision to ensure access to appropriate legal information and legal services for all Alaskans. The ATJ Commission is currently engaged in developing a statewide action plan to achieve this vision, including creating technology tools to effectuate the plan. 

Fellowship Overview

The ACS seeks a full time, 10-week fellow to be part of the team responsible for developing a strategic approach to ensuring access to justice for all Alaskans.  The fellow would work closely with the Justice For All project lead as well as the Self-Help Services director and staff.  This position provides a law student with the opportunity to innovate the way the legal community thinks about “access” in a justice context. This position will assist with developing technological capacity to overcome barriers to justice that arise from poverty, geography, language skills, and other obstacles that limit the ability of Alaskans to access vital information and services.  

Fellows Duties

The fellow will assist in developing an action plan that includes developing and deploying technology to promote access to justice and overcome barriers and obstacles experienced by Alaskans. Specific activities include:

  • Preparing and assisting to develop an “asset map” of currently available legal information and services, and a “gap analysis” showing geographic areas and subject matter areas where information and services are not being provided or available.  A social network analysis will be used to show the relationships between justice-related providers and social service and other non-legal providers who make referrals to justice-related providers, including the strength and frequency of those connections. Ideally, this will be done with social network analysis software; 
  • Assisting to develop a strategic plan by providing advice, input and information regarding the possible ways in which technology applications can expand access to justice in rural and urban communities through networking service providers and providing information to users. 

Competencies Include

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Excellent legal research skills. 
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of the Access to Justice Commission.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage projects and tasks to meet deadlines. 
  • Self-motivated and able and work independently. 
  • Creativity and willingness to take on challenging projects. 
  • Experience with technology including computer data analysis and mapping software.