Part I of this article provides our reanalysis of Scott Baker's data that examines the relationship between judicial salaries and the work habits and voting patterns of federal appellate judges. Part II establishes an additional comparative context that allows us to speculate why Top Five legal markets may foster a more intense tradeoff of influence versus remuneration. Indeed, as we note, the real or perceived financial tradeoffs are so enormous - and conspicuous - in Top Five markets that federal judges may feel they have been lumped together with a large, faceless working class. We conclude by suggesting that the debate over judicial salaries is rooted in the more general problem of greater income disparity within the American legal profession.
Jason J. Czarnezki, Christopher Zorn & William D. Henderson, Working Class Judges, 88 B.U. L. Rev. 829 (2008), http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/910/.