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  •  <b>"Relative poverty"?</b> (none)
    While I don't have a problem with private firm lawyers who take your approach to professional activities -- including significant and meaningful pro bono work -- don't try to justify it by calling a government salary "relative poverty".

    Inside-the-Beltway political appointees like Roberts have for many years now made well over $100K annually.  Sure, that's a lot lower than what they could get in private practice, but the non-economic compensation -- political appointees' decision-making power -- is a big deal, as the evolutionary psychologists tell us.

    I graduated magna from a top 5 law school and have worked in private non-profits and in the federal and state governments (as a career employee in 2 jobs and a political appointee in 2 others).  Though I thought I was underpaid for the first 15 years or so, it would be ridiculous yuppee self-pitying to have described that underpayment as "relative poverty".  

    To call it "relative poverty" to make a salary in the top 10% of national income in one of the richest countries on earth is a very gross overstatement, to say the least.

    •  fair enough (none)
      Didn't realize salaries had escalated like that.

      "Any content-based regulation of the Internet, no matter how benign the purpose, could burn the global village to roast the pig." -- ACLU v Reno (E.D. Pa. 1996)

      by Adam B on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 11:49:30 AM PDT

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      •  Appreciate the acknowledgement (none)
        Though I'm sure some Republicans like Roberts, who grew up as a steel company executive's son, may think they're in relative poverty at salaries like that.
        •  sure. (none)
          By the way, I think there's seven schools in the top five now -- Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, Columbia, NYU and Michigan.  Which one?

          "Any content-based regulation of the Internet, no matter how benign the purpose, could burn the global village to roast the pig." -- ACLU v Reno (E.D. Pa. 1996)

          by Adam B on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 02:13:55 PM PDT

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          •  Actually two (none)
            Chicago, then Michigan.

            I know U of C was your school, and I loved the city but the school was in the deepest 1970s throes of becoming deeply reactionary.  And Harry Kalven had just died, which threw my principal reason for going there out the window. (Boy, doesn't that admission date me!)

            •  Understood (none)
              Which is not to say that it's still not more conservative than any other top twenty school (esp. among the student body), but at least it's got strong liberals as well.  Someone of the ones who were there during my tenure have moved on (Schulhofer, Lessig, Kagan), but they're still doing fine with Sunstein, Strauss and Alschuler among the anchors.

              "Any content-based regulation of the Internet, no matter how benign the purpose, could burn the global village to roast the pig." -- ACLU v Reno (E.D. Pa. 1996)

              by Adam B on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 03:14:54 PM PDT

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