Judge Barrett’s $425,000 tops the list among Supreme Court authors

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices raked in $800,000 in book fees last year, a lucrative addition to their judges’ salaries, according to financial reports released Thursday.

By far the largest payment went to Judge Amy Coney Barrett, $425,000 for a yet-to-be-published book and likely the first installment of a reported $2 million deal she signed shortly after joining the court in 2020 .

Judges will receive $274,200 this year for their work on the bench; Chief Justice John Roberts gets a little more, $286,700.

The largest advances yet went to Justices Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor, who each received more than $1 million for their rise from poverty to the nation’s highest court.

In all, Sotomayor has earned more than $3 million in advances and royalties for her memoir, My Beloved World, and other books.

Barrett writes about how judges should avoid letting personal feelings sway their decisions, Politico has reported.


She works with the conservative label Sentinel, which belongs to Penguin Random House. Barrett is represented by the Javelin Group, a Washington-area literary agent.

Judge Neil Gorsuch received $250,000 in royalties from HarperCollins last year for a new book that has yet to be published. He previously reported $650,000 from Penguin Random House for his book, “A Republic If You Can Keep It,” published in 2019. Gorsuch also reported on a $700 pair of cowboy boots that he received as a gift from the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society.

Sotomayor, a prolific author since joining the court in 2009, collected $115,000 in royalties and also reported a smaller payment, $5,125, for a possible appeal her children’s book “Simply ask!” into a television or video production.


Judge Stephen Breyer, who is retiring when the court finishes work in early summer, reported $7,800 in royalties from Penguin Random House.


This story has been corrected to reflect that Judge Neil Gorsuch received $250,000 in royalties on a book that has yet to be published.

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