Pay-Frozen NY Judges Flee Bench for More Money

Tuesday, 05 Jul 2011 09:54 AM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Without a pay raise for a dozen years, increasing numbers of New York judges are leaving the bench for jobs at law firms paying 10 times as much as their judicial salaries. The exodus, amounting to nearly 1 in 10 judges, has risen sharply during the past five years, The New York Times reports.

judges, New York, pay raises, benchIn 1999, just 48 of the 1,300 state judges left the bench, but the number stepping down last year ballooned to 110 judges.

One example is James McGuire, a judge on the intermediate state appeals court in Manhattan. As a judge, he earned $144,000. He left to be a partner at Dechert LLP, where the average partner makes $1.4 million, the Times reported.

McGuire, who once served as Gov. George Pataki’s chief counsel, said the lack of a raise became increasingly troublesome for him. “I tormented myself for the longest period of time about whether I should go, because I love the work,” he told the Times. “And then I realized, ‘I’ve got no choice. The only responsible thing for my family is to go.’ ”

Nationally, judicial salaries have fallen behind those of lawyers in private practice, law professors, school administrators, elected officials, and even some courthouse employees. In New York City, law clerks can earn more than the judges they work for, the Times reported. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts also has noted the pay gap at the national level.

New York’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman, said those leaving the bench constitute just half of the problem. “Why would a talented lawyer want to join an institution that hasn’t had even a cost of living increase in 12 years?” the Times quotes Lippman as saying.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Florida Man Convicted of Killing Unarmed Teen Over Loud Music

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 21:22 PM

A Florida jury found Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man, guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday in the shooting d . . .

NY Post Settles Boston Marathon Bombing Lawsuit

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 22:23 PM

The New York Post has reached a settlement in a Boston Marathon bombing defamation suit.
 . . .

Dick Morris: Obama Went Out of Way to Miss Intelligence Briefings

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 11:15 AM

President Barack Obama has missed 58 percent of the national security intelligence briefings during each of his terms in . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved