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David Logan has served as Dean at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, RI since 2003. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Dean Logan clerked for a federal judge and practiced with a major Washington, D.C. law firm, where he represented Native American tribes....

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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.