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Loan Forgiveness For Judges: What Would It Do To Daytime TV?

There's plenty of discussion of loan forgiveness for public defenders, prosecutors and other varieties of government lawyers.  But what about judges?  Professor Neil Buchanan ponders whether loan forgiveness programs should extend to the judiciary.

Though many contend that federal judges need a pay raise to attract and retain quality jurists to the bench, Buchanan's loan forgiveness proposal doesn't apply to federal judges, who earn well over $100,000 a year.  Rather, Buchanan suggests providing loan forgiveness to state judges, many of whom are paid quite poorly, "reportedly as low as $40,000 per year in New York State and lower still elsewhere."

Personally, I doubt that loan forgiveness would help judges much, as many don't ascend to the bench until they're at least a decade into their legal career, when most of their repayment obligations have evaporated.  Perhaps loan forgiveness for judges' college age children makes more sense.  Still,  if loan forgiveness would do anything to slow the proliferation of reality TV judges discussed today by Scott Greenfield at Simple Justice, then it's a proposal deserving of serious consideration.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on September 11, 2008 at 03:49 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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