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Staffers Working 24/7 at Mayer Brown During the Blizzard

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At least one Chicago law firm was ready for the blizzard.

At Mayer Brown, “We’re a 24-hour operation,” says Bob Harris, director of public relations. “Closing down has an impact on the firm’s offices around the world, because several of our administrative departments are centralized here, such as conflicts and certain aspects of accounting and [information technology].”

As a result, the law firm made arrangements to provide hotel rooms for staffers working the second shift on Tuesday and the third shift that ends Wednesday morning, Harris tells the ABA Journal. Those who can’t make it safely to work on Wednesday, however, are not required to come in, he said on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Harris reported that the law firm officially closed for the day, although a skeleton crew continued to work in areas such as the switchboard, information technology and document services.

Technology systems should be available, with the help of U.S. offices not affected, to accommodate those who work from home, he said.

Updated on Feb. 2 to include an update from Harris that the office officially closed on Wednesday.

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