The cost of judicial service
Recently I wrote about the crisis in judicial salaries. Today I got some private feedback from an old friend who went from a very successful private practice to a judgeship several years ago. I’m not even going to hint at who, where, or what level of court. This judge said that, other than retirement accounts, he is down to his last $20,000 of savings. Fortunately, he does not have kids in college at this point. This reconfirms only poorly paid government lawyers, the truly wealthy, and those who have a very highly compensated spouse can afford to take a judgeship. The longer the judiciary goes without a very signfiicant raise, the more these types of stories spread among folks who would be good judges, and the more the system loses the experience of seasoned lawyers from the private sector. That’s not good.
The Shigley Law Firm represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a "SuperLawyer" in Atlanta Magazine and one of the "Legal Elite" in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks.