OtherGround Forums I am torn on what to do...

9/12/13 4:00 PM
3/3/03
Posts: 22517
Here is the thumbnail sketch of what is in front of me this very moment:

I have a fairly successful small two man firm. Some years are better than others, but all in all things go pretty well financially. Last year I had an OUTSTANDING year (for us anyway), settled $3.1 million in PI cases and had a good criminal year, which is well above average. While I understand and am perfectly aware this was an anomoly I like the idea that it is a possibility. I enjoy being my own boss and having complete control of my destiny and my ship.

An opportunity has arisen wherein I may get appointed to be a circuit judge (sitting judge is retiring) for the remainder of the term and thereafter I would have to run. I am on a short list of persons who would get the appointment if I applied. Salary is good but not great, benefits are really good, workload and schedule are wonderful compared to private practice. And, hell, its always good to be the judge (very powerful and influecial position). But the downside is I would be politically accountable and I could count to the very dollar how much money I would make.

The stars are in allignment for me to quite possibly get this position but time is of the essence for me to act. If I put in for this appointement I have to be prepared to give up my gainful practice and essentially commit to running for the position in two years and also prepare to take the bulk of my career in the judicial direction.

Thoughts, experience and input PLEASE!!!
9/13/13 9:05 PM
3/3/03
Posts: 22541
21 views and nobody with input? Jesus guys. Chime in. Phone Post 3.0
9/16/13 6:38 PM
11/3/02
Posts: 2237
Could you be a judge for 2 years and then go back to private practice?

I'd assume the connections you make and the marketing opportunities it provides would pay for themselves after 2 years.
9/18/13 5:33 PM
3/3/03
Posts: 22593
salyer36 - Could you be a judge for 2 years and then go back to private practice?

I'd assume the connections you make and the marketing opportunities it provides would pay for themselves after 2 years.

good point
10/4/13 7:04 PM
4/30/03
Posts: 6360

Judge.  My step-dad has been a judge for a decade and a half and has only has to run once.  People tend not to file against incumbents because they rarely lose.  And if by chance someone did run against you and you did lose. transitioning back into private practice is relatively easy, plus you will have judge on your resume which is good for attracting clients and also opens other doors, e.g., mediating. 

10/5/13 5:52 PM
3/12/07
Posts: 8195
Do it. If anything, you will be able to bill higher when you return to private practice.
10/31/13 11:17 AM
1/1/01
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Wow, sounds interesting.  Any update, cookie monster?  

11/22/13 2:28 PM
3/3/03
Posts: 23241
I have an interview with the Judicial Appointment Committee on Dec 3
12/3/13 8:17 PM
3/3/03
Posts: 23364
The interview went very well. It was somewhat of an intimidating setup: I'm walked into a room and placed at a table surrounded with a horseshoe of eleven interviewers. They were very cordial and polite but it was tough fielding questions from people on all fronts but it was not hostile. Phone Post 3.0
12/6/13 8:47 AM
8/30/09
Posts: 4965

This is interesting.  In for developments.

12/7/13 8:22 PM
3/3/03
Posts: 23415
I did not get the appointment. Just got the news. It was a fun process though. Phone Post 3.0
12/7/13 8:51 PM
4/30/13
Posts: 793

Well best of luck in the future just stumbled upon this,interesting read....VU