Paul L. Caron

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Law Prof, As U.S. Attorney, Takes Leave From School, Gives Up Other Gigs

Correction:  The National Law Journal has corrected and re-titled its article as Law Prof, as US Attorney, Takes Leave from School, Gives Up Other Gigs:

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that new U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister reported about $1 million in annual income on financial disclosure forms. After the story published, McAllister said that figure covered a period of nearly three years, not one. Under federal rules, the disclosure form required McAllister to report income from Jan. 1, 2016, to the day he filed the form, June, 28, 2017.

Former University of Kansas School of Law Dean Stephen McAllister was sworn in as U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas on Thursday by his former boss—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. McAllister clerked for Thomas in 1991, following a clerkship with Justice Byron White. The private ceremony was held on the University of Kansas campus.

While prestigious, the new gig comes with a pay cut for McAllister, who stepped down as dean in 2005 but remained on the school’s faculty.

McAllister reported more than $1 million in income from three different positions on the required financial disclosures. He said that figured covered nearly three years of income. Under federal rules, he was required to report only 18 months of income. (The rules require nominees to report income from the previous calendar year, as well any income earned up until the filing date, which was June, 28, 2017, in McAllister’s case.)

According to a database of public employee salaries in Kansas, McAllister earned nearly $250,000 in 2016 from his law school job. By contrast, U.S attorneys earn less than $200,000.

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