Thursday, May 17, 2007
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Work Hangover

Just came home at 4:00 a.m. from election related work from a nearby province. Problem is, we're not paid yet.

People are playing up a our work during elections as some sort of a financial windfall season for us. That's not entirely true. It only holds true for the real election specialists, the ones that actually do this type of work exclusively, or the big firms that can field their associates on the field. They command the extremely high fees and get paid up front.

For us two-bit lawyers, it's a different story. We have to contend with low fees (believe it or not), long hours and even the very real possibility of not getting paid. You see, candidates have this habit of getting selective amnesia, especially when they lose. And hence, we have a hard time collecting our hard-earned and well-deserved pay. And if you have been following my entries this week, there was even the distinct possibility of not getting work at all.

So don't go into a frenzy for us during election season. It's likewise thankless, bone-tiring work for uncertain pay. And we also don't get to pull any favors from our candidate-clients because we're are merely hired guns. They owe us nothing but our professional fees (which they forget to pay sometimes, deliberately or not).

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