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What to Do When It Is Too Cold to Practice Law?

By William Vogeler, Esq. | Last updated on

What is a lawyer to do when it is too cold outside?

This is not a lawyer joke. The polar vortex has closed courthouses across the Midwest, where temperatures have plunged below freezing.

It was so cold outside that people saw one lawyer putting his hands in his own pockets. OK, so that is a joke.

Polar Vortex

But seriously, the arctic blast is not funny. People have died as nearly half the United States reported below-zero temperatures.

In the meantime, state and federal courts are closing their doors. Federal courts shutdown in the:

  • U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Northern and Central Districts of Illinois
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • Northern District of Indiana
  • Western District of Pennsylvania

According to reports, state courts also announced closings in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Ohio.

The courts may be closed, but many law firms expect their legions to carry on at the office. There are legal alternatives, however, such as:

  • Working by internet
  • Taking sick days
  • Taking work home

If you have to make the drive to the office, make sure your car is up to the task. The cold can kill batteries, lower tire pressure, and freeze roads.

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