Speaking of Morrisey, there's been a lot of conjecture about how much of a pay cut Yale Law grad and former U.S. Supreme Court clerk Elbert Lin took to leave the prestigious Washington law firm of Wiley Rein LLC to become Morrisey's solicitor general, at a salary of $132,000.
Cody Corliss provides a clue, forwarding a Washingtonian magazine article, "Hiring Supreme Court Clerks: The $500,000 Gamble."
The article states that hiring Supreme Court clerks is the ultimate status symbol for law firms that do appellate work, but with a class of only 39 each year, it says they don't come cheap:
"The signing bonus for clerks at major firms is $280,000. Most start at the third-year-associate level or higher, bringing their base salaries close to $200,000," the article states, explaining it's a half-million dollar gamble for the firms, since clerks tend to be intellectuals who often leave the firms to pursue careers in academia or government service.
It cites Lin as an example, and quotes him as saying he couldn't pass up the opportunity to "take on a significant leadership role" in West Virginia.
Finally, state Democratic Executive Committee member (and coincidentally, attorney for Perry and Taylor in the whistleblower suit) Walt Auvil sent a letter to members of the party delegation that met with new EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, basically accusing them of acting like shortsighted Republicans in denying the science of climate change, and coal's impact thereon.
He got a response from new House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, stating in part:
"The coal industry is a source of enormous economic benefit to the state, its communities, and families who rely, in whole or in part, on the success of the coal industry. Those of us who have been elected by our peers (as well as our constituents) cannot simply ignore the impact that federal regulations will have on the industry and, of course, the state -- to do so is what I would define as shortsighted ...
"I'm quite surprised that members of the state Democratic Executive Committee who do not have any accountability for balancing our state's budget (and still find ways to maintain and fund "Democratic" programs) are quick to criticize those of us who do ... "
(Doesn't sound like the pro-Obama, anti-coal liberal that the state Republican Party has tried to portray Miley to be ... )
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