defend, damn you!

Judge ordering lawyers to take cases.
This may sound pat and trite, but I really can’t feel too bad for people who make upwards of $30 an hour. Even if it is apparently the lowest pay in the country for public defenders, I’m looking at my paycheck, and it’s hard to be sympathetic.

3 Comments so far

  1. (unregistered) on August 13th, 2004 @ 9:51 am

    MK- Do you have a law degree? An English degree simply isn’t going to command the salary of a J.D.
    For a J.D., $30 is paltry.

  2. Cassford (unregistered) on August 16th, 2004 @ 3:25 am

    This sin’t a problem just here in Massachusetts; all over the country we are seeing public defenders unable or unwilling to provide indigents the defense they are required by law to receive. Indiana, Ohio, Lousiana, Montana, and several other states are in similar situations. My question is “why now?”
    Is it an increase in crime? Is it just lawyers in one state hearing about unrest in other states and saying “hey, we have a crappy system, too?” Or is there something else going on?

  3. Anderkoo (unregistered) on August 17th, 2004 @ 6:35 am

    You also have to remember that receiving $30/hour is not the same as being paid $30/hour. Many of these attorneys are in small or solo practices, and that $30/hour needs to cover overhead expenses like rent, utilities, law books, etc. On top of that, remember that most younger attorneys are paying off law school loans that can approach or even top six figures.

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