Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sewer Service

Several times in my practice, the Jamestown Lawyer has been told, informally, that it's a waste to challenge an affidavit of service. Why would someone who makes a career of serving papers lie about it, I've been asked.

Today's Post-Journal doesn't answer that question, but does highlight one process server who was cashing in without doing the work.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Judicial Pay

Linked from the NY Sun is some coverage of Judge Kaye's recent lawsuit regarding judicial pay.

The Jamestown Lawyer has no strong feelings one way or the other on the lawsuit or the underlying question. One issue that does stay with me is the way the current and/or requested salaries are frequently highlighted. Six-figure salaries are something that many of us only dream of, even in the legal profession. That doesn't change the fact that, for many senior lawyers with the skills to be capable judges, the current judicial salary is a pay cut. Nor does it change the fact that new lawyers in some cities earn more than judges. There's a layer of perspective that's missing from hyped-up headlines about earnings. The Jamestown Lawyer has no views on what judges should earn, but wishes the issue were publicized with all the facts.