► U.S. Judge Monroe McKay of Denver: 2018 10th Circuit Court Geezer Award Winner Print E-mail

U.S. Judge Monroe McKay of Denver: 2018 10th Circuit Court Geezer Award Winner


The state of Arizona presented Monroe G. McKay with a law license in 1960 after he graduated from the University of Chicago School of Law.


This annual award is presented to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeal judge who has distinguished himself or herself by refusing to retire from the bench even though in most instances they are holder than dirt.


The 2018 Geezer award winner’s attributes are as follows.

  • 91-years-old – DOB 1928
  • Appointed by Pres. Carter as judge for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1977
  • Assumed senior judicial status on December 31, 1993

It should be noted that Monroe’s choice to take on senior status meant that he was only required to work 10 hours a week while continuing to collect 100% of a full-time judge’s annual salary, which as of 2019 would be $220,600. Put simply, Billy has been required to work a mere 10 hours a week for the past twenty-eight (28) years.


Had he retired in 1993 when he was eligible, he would have received a lifetime annual pension of $141,700,000. However, by taking on Senior Status in 1990, Monroe was entitled to all future pay increases, which subsequently added $78,900.00 to his annual wage and subsequent retirement.


And more importantly, how would you like to have your work week reduced to 10 hours and still get paid for a 40-hour week? Sorry boys and girls, this obscene benefit is only available to federal judges.


I don’t know about you, but I would not be inclined to allow my legal matter to be decided by someone that is a part timer

and 96-years-old. And that’s not to mean that I have anything against senior citizens. However, for Congress to allow this to happen is farcical at best.


And lastly, maybe this explains why they keep defibrillators, jumper cables and oxygen tanks near Monroe’s courtroom.


As we speak (ca. May 2019), Monroe continues to be employed as a part-time senior status judge for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado.



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