Super Lawyers
William C. Altreuter

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.

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