(With sincere apologies to Sam Beckett.)

Deweygon, sitting on
a first year associate, is trying to write off his client’s bills.  He crosses out and uncrosses out. 
He gives up,
exhausted, rests, and prints out another copy. 
As before. 
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Enter Howreymir.
Deweygon:  (Giving
up again)
Nothing to be done.
Howreymir: I’m
beginning to come round to that opinion. 
Deweygon: Ah,
so there you are again. I thought you had gone forever.
Howreymir: I
may have.
Deweygon: As
long as you’re here, you can help me with this. 
(writing again) More partners…
equals more hours… (with rising
intensity)
equals greater revenue …
Howreymir: Equals
less profit. 
Deweygon: (sinking, resigned) Equals less profit.
Every time, the same result. When will they get here!?
Howreymir: Today.
I feel it.
Deweygon: You
said that yesterday.
Howreymir: But
today, I am sure.
Deweygon: And
if you are wrong?
Howreymir: Then
tomorrow, or next week perhaps.
Deweygon: And
what shall we do until then?
Howreymir: We
could fire associates… or IT staff.
Deweygon: Or we
could make them partners and use their “buy-in” as cash to keep us going until
they arrive.
(The first-year associate,
still under Deweygon, begins nodding his head vigorously, wagging his rear, panting
like a dog, and pulling wads of cash from his pockets. Howreymir casually picks
up the money and pockets it himself.)
Howreymir: No.
That will not keep us.
Deweygon: For a
while, perhaps?
Howreymir: No.
(The first year
sticks out his lower lip in an exaggerated pout, lowers his head, and begins to
sob silently.)
Deweygon: Then
we are doomed?
Howreymir: They
will come.  They have the answers.
Deweygon: But
until they get here!?
Howreymir: We keep
hitting our hours.
Deweygon:  I have hit 52 hours in the last 2 days!
Howreymir:  But we have no clients to bill.
Deweygon:  No clients.
Howreymir: We
could get some.
Deweygon: We
should wait and see what they say first.
Howreymir:  Who?
Deweygon: Martin
Luther LLP
Howreymir:  Good idea.  They will show us what we need to change.
Deweygon: They
have the answers. They know how to do things.
Howreymir: What
if they don’t?
Deweygon: What
do you mean?
Howreymir: What
if they think we know how to do things?
Deweygon: Maybe
we should fix things now before they come, so that we can help them when they
get here?
Howreymir: We
could probably improve our processes.
Deweygon: We
could certainly improve our efficiency.
Howreymir:  We could definitely improve our technology.
Deweygon: That
will cost money.
Howreymir: They
are bringing the money.
Deweygon:  Unless they don’t have that either.
Howreymir:  You think they don’t have money?
Deweygon: They
approached us. If they have so much money and so many clients, then why would
they come to us.
Howreymir: We
have prestige.
Deweygon: We
are prestigious. And great lawyers.
Howreymir: Truly
great.
Deweygon:  The best of the best!
Howreymir: The
top-tier of the top-tier!
Deweygon:  The last of the white shoes.
(Both look down and
notice they are wearing brown and black shoes. A noise off stage.)
Howreymir: What
was that?
Deweygon:  It’s them, they’re coming!
Howreymir: Can
you see them?  Do they have money? Or clients?
(Both look intently
off stage for a long moment.)
Deweygon: I don’t
see them.
Howreymir:  It was the wind.  But they will come. Today.
Deweygon: Or
tomorrow.  And they’ll know what to do.
Howreymir: In
the meantime, there is nothing to be done.
Deweygon: No. Nothing
at all.
(Fade to black)
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Ryan is Principal at Sente Advisors, a legal technology consultancy specializing in cross-platform solutions and support.  He has been an evangelist, advocate, consultant, and creative thinker in Legal Technology for more than 15 years. In 2015, he was named a FastCase 50 recipient, and in 2018, he was elected a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management. In past lives, he was an Innovation Architect, Knowledge Manager, a Systems Analyst, a Fashion Merchandiser, and Theater Composer, among other things.