Re: Judicial Salaries

by Jonathan H. Adler

I agree with Matt that there may not be a “crisis” in judicial salaries, but I do think that it is a problem that judicial salaries have failed to keep pace with salaries at major law firms — and this is due, in part, to the Congressional practice of tying judicial pay raises to Congressional pay.  Starting salaries for first-year associates at some of the biggest law firms are approaching $200K per year.  This means that the typical appellate judicial clerk will make more money in his first year in private practice can make significantly more money than the judge for which he clerked.