|It’s Hard Out Here for a Judge, Or Is It?|
|by John Browning||Mon, Jan 30, 2012, 05:35 PM|
In a recent survey performed by AOL Jobs using statistics provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job of judge was rated one of the best “lifestyle jobs” (those that pay above average but which require fewer hours than average). According to the survey, judges work an average of 37.2 hours a week and have a median annual income of $119,270. But the study left out some of the perks besides the hours and wages. Let’s face it—how many other jobs let you show up for work in a robe, sit up higher than everybody else, and require everybody to stand up whenever you enter and exit? See if you get that treatment at your cubicle tomorrow. And let’s not forget about that neat little gavel thingy. In fact, there are a lot of advantages to being a judge, as the following examples illustrate:
How many jobs other than rapper let you bust some rhymes at work? For Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin (about whom I’ve written before), it is a regular feature of life on the bench. Justice Eakin recently issued the latest of his rhyming opinions, this time reversing the insurance fraud conviction of a guy who opened a bank account with a forged State Farm check:
“Convicted of the forgery, insurance fraud, and theft,
he admits the first and last, but denies the charge that’s left.
Just because the bogus check shows an insurance company’s name
doesn’t make the crime insurance fraud—it’s simply not the same.”
Well done, Justice Eakin—what other job would let you combine sound legal reason and iambic pentameter?
Who hasn’t made a Freudian slip from time to time? Judges are no different. Just ask Madam Justice Faye McWatt of the Ontario Superior Court in
Judge Jed Rakoff, a federal judge in
Oh, where do I begin with this one? There is the legal dispute between Bikram Choudhoury (founder of Bikram Yoga) and three yoga studios (including
Sure, most judges have sacrificed lucrative pay in the private sector for the sake of public service. But just look at the benefits.
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