The Chicago office of Kirkland & Eliis is taking an extraordinary step for a major law firm. They are closing early:
The Chicago office will have an early closure tomorrow, November 4, to ensure the safety of our occupants as large crowds are anticipated in the area. Senator Obama is expected to be staying at the nearby Hyatt Hotel and Senator Biden is expected to be at the Fairmont. Street closures are rolling depending on crowd size, but are not known fully at this time. Columbus is already closed. Therefore, we are cancelling both our 2nd and 3rd shifts tomorrow and will shut down our offices at 3:30 p.m. Shuttle buses begin service at 2:35 p.m.
All employees must check with their supervisor, attorney or manager before departing. Please contact your manager or supervisor with questions. Normal operations resume at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 5. Thank you.
“Safety?” Does K&E think Obama supporters might start eating Biglaw associates?
The email isn’t specifically directed at lawyers, but if the concerns are great for support staff, attorneys must be similarly “at risk.”
Are any other Chicago area firms genuflecting to Obama today? Are any (ahem) Arizona firms making sure they stay out of McCain’s way? Let us know.