Civil Division

The Civil Division of the Department of Law provides legal counsel to the executive branch in all civil actions. The division defends and prosecutes civil litigation to which the state is a party; handles legal matters for and provides legal advice to the governor, executive branch agencies, and - upon request - the legislative and judicial branches; reviews regulations prepared by executive agencies, drafts legislation for introduction by the governor; and reviews all legislation before it is acted upon by the governor. It accomplishes this work through its 14 sections, located in its Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Bethel, Kenai, Palmer and Nome offices.

James Cantor
Deputy Attorney General - Civil Division

Nancy R. Gordon
Civil Division Chief

Alaska Department of Law - Civil Division
1031 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501-1994
907-269-5100

Civil Division Anchorage Office

Alaska Department of Law - Civil Division
1031 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501-1994
907-269-5100

Civil Division Juneau Office

Alaska Department of Law - Civil Division
PO Box 110300
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0300
907-465-3600

Civil Division Fairbanks Office

Alaska Department of Law - Civil Division
100 Cushman Street, Suite 400
Fairbanks, AK 99701-4679
907-451-2811

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Child Protection

Carla Raymond
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Section Supervisor
907-269-5100

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.

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Collections and Support

Stacy Steinberg
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Section Supervisor
Anchorage Office: 907-269-5100

Child Support Line: 907-269-6600
Collections Line: 907-269-5205
Toll Free Line (if calling within Alaska): 800-580-5205
Collections Unit E-Mail: lawcollectionsunit@alaska.gov

The Collections and Support section includes two units: collections and child support.

The collections unit collects unsecured debts owed to the state. The majority of these debts are criminal judgments (fines, cost of appointed counsel, cost of incarceration, and correctional facility surcharges). In addition, the unit collects various civil judgments, such as attorney fee awards, owed to the State. The unit also collects restitution owed in criminal court cases and sends the funds to the restitution recipient.

The child support unit represents the Child Support Services Division (CSSD) of the Department of Revenue. Cases involve a variety of child support related matters including: paternity establishment and disestablishment, modification of child support orders, employer non-compliance actions, licensing appeals, administrative appeals, and miscellaneous other activities related to enforcement of child support orders. In addition, the unit provides legal support in matters relating to administrative child support enforcement actions, and provides general legal advice to CSSD.

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Commercial and Fair Business

Signe Andersen
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Section Supervisor
907-269-5200

The Commercial and Fair Business section, which includes the Consumer Protection/Antitrust unit, represents and gives advice to 15 different divisions, commissions, and public corporations within the Departments of Administration, Revenue, Education & Early Development, Natural Resources, and Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The section also represents and gives advice to 20 professional licensing boards and commissions. Section attorneys provide legal services on revenue and commercial matters; protects the integrity of the state's public finances through fair interpretation, implementation, enforcement, defense, adoption of statutes and regulations governing state revenue, the Permanent Fund dividend, and various lending programs; and protects public health and safety through its work with the agencies, boards, and commissions governing professional licenses, tobacco sales, and certified teachers. The section also protects the public by enforcing the state's consumer protection and antitrust laws and by providing legal services and advice to the agencies that monitor insurance companies and other insurance licensees, charitable gaming, public utilities, banks, securities, corporations, mortgage brokers, and payday lenders.

It represents, defends, and advises the following:

Department of Revenue:

Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development:

Department of Education and Early Development

Department of Natural Resources:

Department of Administration:

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Environmental

Steve Mulder
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Section Supervisor
907-269-5274

The Environmental section provides advice and representation to several agencies, including primarily the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Natural Resources, to assist them in the performance of their duties related to environmental matters. This work spans a wide array of subjects for various programs and divisions of state agencies, including Spill Prevention and Response, Air Quality, and Water Quality, and Environmental Health. Our activities include investigation and enforcement of violations of the state's environmental laws; advice on permitting, and representation in administrative appeals of agency decisions.

Environmental Webpage

Significant Environmental Matters

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Human Services

Stacie Kraly
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Section Supervisor
907-465-3600

The Human Services section provides legal advice and representation to the Department of Health and Social Services. The section provides legal services and advice on all licensing matters, including assisted living home, foster home, and childcare licensing. It also advises the department about changes in federal law and steps necessary at the state to maintain maximum federal participation in the Medicaid program, including all waivers and the PCA program, and all public benefits programs, including adult public assistance, temporary assistance to needy families, food stamps, and senior care. Additionally, we advise the department on all certificate of need matters, public health matters and third party recovery and estate recovery under the Medicaid program, as well as all matters related to Medicaid provider audits. The section also provides legal advice and representation for Adult Protective Services including initiating guardianships, conservatorships, and the Pioneer Homes.

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Information & Project Support

Alan Birnbaum
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Section Supervisor
907-269-5100

The Information and Project Support Section advises the department and other agencies on the management, retention, communication, and disclosure of information. Also, the section manages the civil division's matter-management, accounting, and timekeeping system and maintains the department's website and intranet.

Contacts:

Pam Post, Litigation Support & ProLaw Coordinator
Karen Webster, Litigation Support & Clearwell Coordinator
Sheena Scott, Internet Specialist II
Stefan Estonilo, Paralegal II
Cloe Mead-Wright, Paralegal I
Madeline Scholl, Administrative Assistant II

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Labor and State Affairs

Marjorie Vandor
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Section Supervisor
907-465-3600

The Labor and State Affairs section provides legal assistance needed for governmental management, including employment, labor relations, civil rights, procurement, government finance, retirement programs, workers' compensation, OSHA, employment taxes, and Medicaid rate disputes. The section provides legal assistance on issues associated with the conduct of elections, campaign finance, disaster management, homeland security, and municipal law matters. The section also provides legal services and advice on the public school system and education issues. The section provides legal services to the Departments of Administration, Labor and Workforce Development, Community and Economic Development; Education and Early Development, Military and Veterans Affairs; and to the Offices of the Governor and Lt. Governor, Division of Elections, Office of Management and Budget, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, Alaska Public Offices Commission, Local Boundary Commission, Alaska State Commission on Human Rights, and the Alaska Court System.

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Legal Support Services

Anchorage Office: 907-269-5100
Juneau Office: 907-465-3600
Fairbanks Office: 907-451-2811

The Legal Support Services section provides services to the Civil Division of the Department of Law. Services include building management, mail, human resources, software assistance and training, case management, procurement and travel assistance, and general support in the day to day function of all the civil offices.

Contacts:
Melanie McKeever Ferguson,
Statewide Legal Office Administrator
Kelly West, Anchorage Office Manager
Victoria Schoenheit, Juneau Office Manager
Kelly Stevener, Fairbanks Office Manager

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Legislation and Regulations

Susan Pollard
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Section Supervisor
907-465-3600

The Legislation and Regulations section provides legal advice and review for constitutional and statutory requirements in the preparation of state legislation and regulations, both civil and criminal. The legislative liaison for Civil Division legislation matters is located in the section.

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Natural Resources

Colleen Moore
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Section Supervisor
907-269-5100

The Natural Resources section provides legal advice to and represents the state departments, boards, and commissions that regulate Alaska's lands, waters, and renewable natural resources. These agencies include the Department of Fish and Game, including the Boards of Fisheries and Game, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. The section helps to ensure that the state's natural resources are managed and allocated by state agencies in a manner that is consistent with the law, defends against legal challenges to actions taken by the state's natural resource agencies, and pursues legal actions against persons who are illegally using, damaging, or destroying Alaska's lands, waters, or renewable natural resources. Both the Statehood Defense group, which litigates issues raised by conflicts between state and federal jurisdiction, and the Mental Health Lands unit are part of this section.

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Oil, Gas, and Mining

Martin Schultz
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Section Supervisor
907-269-5100

The Oil, Gas, and Mining section is responsible for litigating disputes involving the state's proprietary interests in its oil, gas, and mining resources. The section defends against challenges to state oil and gas lease sale programs; protects the state's title to resource-rich lands; advises the governor on matters involving oil and gas companies; represents state agencies in the investigation, defense, and prosecution of claims concerning the state's oil and gas royalty and taxation programs; monitors and protests tariffs charged for transportation of oil and gas production through pipelines; and provides legal advice to state agencies concerning the development of state oil, gas, and mineral resources.

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Opinions, Appeals, and Ethics

Joanne Grace
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Section Supervisor
907-269-5100

The Opinions, Appeals, and Ethics section oversees all civil division appeals and attorney general opinions. The section is also responsible for interpretation and enforcement of the Executive Branch Ethics Act (AS 39.52) and for coordinating the department's work on Indian law issues.

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Regulatory Affairs and Public Advocacy

Steve DeVries
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Section Supervisor
907-269-5100

Summary of Responsibility

The responsibility of public advocacy for regulatory affairs was established within the Department of Law to advocate on behalf of the public interest in utility and pipeline matters that come before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA or Commission). AS 44.23.020(e). The Attorney General, as the Public Advocate, advocates for the general public interest with particular attention to the interests of consumers who would not otherwise have an effective voice regarding the rates and services of regulated utilities or pipeline carriers operating in the state. Advocacy is not strictly limited to asking for the lowest possible rate for services provided to the public, but is instead balanced to also ensure utility and pipeline service providers are financially healthy enabling them to provide safe and reliable service.

Legal Services Provided

The Public Advocate represents the general public interest in rate cases and other proceedings before the RCA, in court appeals, before the Legislature and other policymakers. The Department of Law does not provide legal services directly to private citizens or organizations, however, other than to persons specified by law such as the governor, legislators, and client state agencies. Individual utility customers who seek specific assistance may contact the Consumer Protection Section of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA).

In his role as the Public Advocate, the Attorney General utilizes the expert professional services of RAPA staff non-attorney professionals who provide generally accepted ratemaking, accounting, engineering, economic and policy analysis for all types of regulated utilities and pipelines and prepare written analysis and testimony for evidentiary hearings. Utility and pipeline carrier filings before the RCA are objectively evaluated to assure they are in compliance with applicable law and RCA precedent, adequately supported by the evidence, and consistent with generally recognized ratemaking principles.

Regulatory Affairs and Public Advocacy Webpage

Significant Regulatory Affairs and Public Advocacy Cases

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Torts and Workers' Compensation

Susan Cox
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Section Supervisor
907-465-3600

The Torts and Workers' Compensation section provides legal defense in tort litigation cases filed against the state, state agencies, and state employees, including personal injury, property damage, and civil rights suits. The section also represents state agencies as the employer in workers' compensation matters involving state employees. The section provides advice and training to reduce the state's liability exposure, and provides legal services to the Division of Risk Management, and through it, to all state agencies.

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Transportation

Jeff Stark
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Section Supervisor
907-269-5160

The Transportation section advises and represents the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and other state agencies on legal issues related to the construction and operation of the state's public facilities, including buildings, highways, ferries, airports (both international and rural), harbors, and other public works. The attorneys in the section assist with project development (including compliance with planning and environmental laws, land acquisition, preparation of contracts, procurement of contractors, bid protests, and resolution of claims by and against contractors) as well as with the management and operation of the state infrastructure necessary for the well-being and safety of Alaskans.

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