and the f'n judge gets a 6 figure salary no matter how incompetent.
We try not to think about that particular "i" word in my field. If lawyers concentrated on it, the level of depression and despair would be way higher than it is admitted to be.
At the same time, I make the judge's work easy. He earns his six figures if he reads my brief and all the cases. When I write a brief, I generally weight the document with so many cases that are on my side, the judges tend to go my way, likely because their clerks just want to stop reading the 45-60 cited cases in a 25 page document.
As a result, I have been told by judges that I make their work easy. They have to go along with my position because there is simply not enough out there to allow a different opinion. I also tell clients that when they are seeking a result that the law simply will not allow, they have to take the case and go home. I don't go out and manufacture law to meet facts that are contrary to statute or case law.
For such work, I have received something around $2.28 per hour in the last year. Actually, it's less. But, like the "i" word, I just can't go there and keep my head from falling off in despair.
Now, if I could only get one of those bonus checks from an insurance exec. I could be living on easy street. My shoulder somehow dislocated or the fractures slipped around after a bus ride that proved there are not less than eight, wheel bending, axle breaking potholes on the road near my home that are mandatory to hit. There are another 15 or so that are optional. I guess it's more important to bail out banksters and fraudsters than to repair roads. We know that the legal system is failing because judge bribing has fallen off a lot. In Chicago, we also know this isn't an election year because the roads are so much worse for wear.