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The Aristocrats and the Meritocracy: An Ongoing Series

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Speaking of which, check out the current employment status of advocate for child slave labor Neal Katyal:

From the Georgetown Law Center webpage.

Neal Katyal, the Paul Saunders Professor at Georgetown University and the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, focuses on Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Intellectual Property. In December 2017, American Lawyer magazine named him The Litigator of the Year; he was chosen from all the lawyers in the United States. At the age of 49, he has also already argued more Supreme Court cases in U.S. history than has any minority attorney, recently breaking the record held by Thurgood Marshall.

Sounds like a busy man!

But not too busy to simultaneously hold another job:

From the Hogan Lovells (Big prestigious law firm) website:

Neal Katyal

Partner
Washington, D.C.

Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone+1 202 637 5528

Fax+1 202 637 5910

Practice group: Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Neal Katyal, the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, focuses on appellate and complex litigation. In December 2017, American Lawyer magazine named him The Litigator of the Year; he was chosen from all the lawyers in the United States. At the age of 49, he has also already argued more Supreme Court cases in U.S. history than has any minority attorney, recently breaking the record held by Thurgood Marshall.

Neal has extensive experience in matters of patent, constitutional, technology, securities, criminal, employment, and tribal law. He has orally argued 41 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, with 39 of them in the last decade. In the 2016-17 term alone, Neal argued seven cases in six separate arguments at the Supreme Court, far more than any other advocate in the nation – nearly 10% of the docket. His 2017 win in Bristol Myers Squibb v. Superior Court was a landmark victory for personal jurisdiction law.

Let’s linger for a moment on the absurdity of all this. Katyal probably gets paid at least $400,000 to profess at Georgetown, and possibly a lot more. This is double what the average full professor at Georgetown makes, and probably quite a bit more than double when you exclude medical, law, and business school salaries.

In law anyway the justification for paying professors two and three times as much as they would be making if they were in the humanities and the social sciences is that you have to do that or they would go off and be partners at Hogan Lovells.

This is an absurd justification under normal circumstances, since the percentage of law professors who ever had that sort of option is very low, and the percentage who have it once they’ve committed to an academic track is very close to zero. But then you get something like this, in which somebody is allowed to hold a chaired position at a major research university, while at the same time pursuing a full-time plus non-academic career! (And if it should be the case that Katyal isn’t getting paid by GULC at present because he’s partnering at Hogan that’s only slightly less bad: Universities usually have strict rules regarding how long you can go on leave from your position to do something else, and that “something else” is usually something just a bit more public regarding than gorging yourself on a big law firm’s profit margin while holding yourself out as a fancy academic).

Somebody mentioned in Erik’s thread below that one possible justification for letting law professors rake in the big bucks “consulting” on the side is then they can “afford” to do pro bono representation. This is a terrible rationale under normal circumstances, especially at a place like Georgetown, that has a thousand and one centers, clinics etc., that would allow someone like Katyal to pull a mid six-figure salary, while using the institution’s resources to fight for the rights of child enslavers the poor and oppressed.

But it’s a truly insane argument when Katyal is also working full time — not consulting mind you, but pulling a partner draw! — at a hyper-elite law firm that by the way also has a professional obligation to support lawyers like Katyal when they do pro bono work.

The sheer variety of New Gilded Age forms of corruption here simply boggles the mind.

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