That’s right, zero. Lawyers want to hire lawyers as interns, but for no pay. The Justice Dept. wants to hire lawyers, but for no pay. And this judge wants to hire a lawyer, but for no pay. Now, there are pluses and minuses to this gig, if you're lucky enough to land it. The good news is that you don’t have to say that you work for free. Instead, you can say that you work in a “gratuitous service appointment.” (And I thought business schools were the kings of the buzzwords.) But, there is a downside. If you want to work for this judge, you have to “morally commit for one year.” That is, don't jump ship after only a few months if a paying job happens to come along.
But after thinking about it, that seems reasonable. Whoever lands this “gratuitous service appointment” is getting a fabulous opportunity to work for a learned judge, so the one year commitment is a small price to pay. After all, nothing is free.