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So you want to be a lawyer?
Admit it: Being a lawyer looks pretty glamorous.
You're paid well, wield plenty of power, wear fancy business attire, have great hair, eat expensive steaks and get to shout things like "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH" in court.
At least, that's the glossy version presented in most television dramas and movies.
The reality, of course, is quite a bit different.
Take Chris Sigurdson, for example. The Winnipeg defence lawyer is one of the hardest-working attorneys out there, doing a lot of the thankless grunt work that rarely makes headlines.
Sigurdson represents many of the province's least-fortunate, and does a ton of work in remote Manitoba First Nations.
Naturally, this involves plenty of travel to appear before docket courts held in some of these locales. And we're not talking first-class with those big comfy reclining seats here.
Sigurdson is also active on social media, and often shares his experiences with followers. (Follow him on Twitter here.)
His entries could probably land Sigurdson his own weekly reality show.
Earlier this year, Sigurdson sent out a series of Tweets about how he was flying up north to a remote locale in a snowstorm, made it all the way up there only to be told it was too dangerous to land. So the pilot turned the plane around and headed back to Winnipeg -- only to be told they now couldn't land in the city because of bad weather that had moved in since they took off a few hours earlier.
Plan C was to go to Portage la Prairie, where they did land -- only to learn they couldn't drive back to Winnipeg because the highways were now closed due to white-out conditions. Sigurdson finally was able to return to the city late that evening when the roads re-opened, but he couldn't exactly kick back and relax. He had to be up first thing the next morning to do it all over again, taking the very same flight up north to work the docket that had been weatheredout.
But now that winter is behind us and the relatively nice weather has arrived, you'd assume those kinds of travel issues are a thing of the past, right?
Check out Sigurdson's latest Adventures In Manitoba Lawyering, courtesy of a series of Tweets he's sent out over the past day:
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About Mike McIntyre
Journalist, national radio show host, author, pundit and cruise director ... Mike McIntyre loves to keep busy.
Mike is the justice reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press, where he has worked since 1997. He produces and hosts the weekly talk radio show Crime and Punishment, which runs on the Corus Radio Network in several Canadian cities.
Born and bred in Winnipeg, Mike graduated from River East Collegiate and completed his journalism studies in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.
He and his wife, Chassity, have two children.
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