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David Logan served as Dean at Roger Williams School of Law from 2003 to 2014, making him one of the nation's longest-serving law deans. In 2014, he returned to full-time teaching and research.

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RWU Law Students Help with Important Study of Judicial Compensation in Massachusetts

Posted by David Logan on 02/10/2012 at 09:20 AM

Judge Dennis CurranRWU Law students have a remarkably broad array of practical experiences in the summer, but none could match the work that Raquel Thomas ('12), Jared Ballin ('13), Stephen R. Deering ('11), and  Katie McCann ('12) did with Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court Dennis Curran in the summer of 2011.  Besides the opportunity to observe a broad range of matters in court and chambers, Judge Curran tasked them with helping prepare "An Honorable Salary?", a study of judicial compensation in the Bay State.  Building on the requirement in Article XXIX of the Massachusetts Constitution (penned by John Adams), that judges “should have honorable salaries ascertained and established by standing laws,” the Report identified a staggering 4,328 state workers who were paid more than trial judges, with 7 state employees earning more than the President of the United States.  Another interesting fact: rookie associates at 24 major Massachusetts law firms earned more than the judges who preside in the matters that they litigate! This report was so important that it was recently posted on the website of the National Center for State Courts.