NY Judge Quits for ADR Job, Cites Pay as Reason

A New York judge in the appellate division is leaving his $168,600-per-year job to pursue a position with a private alternative dispute resolution company.

Justice Ariel Belen tells the New York Law Journal that a recent 17 percent salary boost for judges was “too little, too late.”

He plans to leave the bench in mid-October to work with JAMS.

“It is a very difficult and heart-wrenching decision for me,” Belen is quoted saying. The judge, who’s been on the bench as a trial judge since 1995 and on the appellate court since 2008, declined to say how much he’ll make at JAMS, only noting that it is considerably more than his court salary.

Also see: “Why Do Federal Judges Retire? More Income Is Top Answer”

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