A wasted life

After a career in public service, I regretfully say, I would not do it again. Philosophy and point of view led me to doing good instead of doing well, so I never expected to become rich. But now that Iā€™m in my 10th year of a frozen judicial salary ā€” less than summer students are being paid at law firms ā€” I have concluded that whatever I may have accomplished for the public, I have wasted 25 years of my life by serving on the bench.

The writer of these words, Emily Jane Goodman, is a New York Supreme Court justice. Her letter appeared in a collection of letters to the editor in response to a New York Times article about college graduates and public service. Does she have a point, or should we call the waaaambulance here?

Some background at New York Law Journal.