A Different Kind of Crisis on the Bench

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Letter to the Editor

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We should be cutting judges’ starting salaries—and faculty salaries at “leading law schools”—and using the money instead to reform access to legal education and legal services. It sickens me to read about paying judges more when ordinary Americans can’t afford basic legal services, yet lawyer unemployment abounds. If there is any kind of crisis in the federal judiciary, it’s apparently that the bench and its groupies have lost touch with economic reality.


Originally posted on the Washington Lawyer website in 2012.