Friday, April 11, 2008
Chief Judge Judith Kaye and her judge pals are suing the State of New York over judicial salaries. You know what? Nobody puts a gun to your head and makes you become a judge. In fact, it goes the other way: when someone wants to become a judge, that person goes around to all of his or her friends and asks them for money. (Actually, they get their friends to do it for them.) I suppose there is a sense in which judges might be said to be underpaid, but it's indoor work, with no heavy lifting, and most lawyers I know would swap billable hours for the pension (which is fabulous) and the health plan (which can't be beat), and find a way to struggle along with a six figure salary, and people standing up whenever you enter a room. How about this? You can have a raise when we go to merit selection.