October
22

Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power, Women

Ready for Your #MeToo Closeup?

Will women of Big Law come out with their stories of abuse? Continue Reading

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October
14

Home/Work, Money/Power, Women

"Best" Firms for Women? Really?

Why do we keep rewarding effort instead of results? Continue Reading

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October
11

Advice, Diversity, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power, Partner chats

Psst: Irell & Manella's New Leader Is Black!

Yes, it's a big deal that he's African American. My chat with Ellisen Turner. Continue Reading

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October
4

Alternative Careers/Straying Off Track, Diversity, Law Students/Law Schools, Money/Power, Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers

Jones Day Alums Driving the Anti-Gay Agenda + Other News

Another edition of news and gossip. Continue Reading

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September
29

Diversity, Money/Power, Women

Women Get Paid Less. No Matter What.

Even new legislation aimed at pay equity isn't helping. And, sometimes, it's making the gap worse. Continue Reading

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September
19

Diversity, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power, Women

Women Equity Partnership Rate Hits 19 Percent! Excited?

The National Association of Women Lawyers just released its annual report. And the news flash is this: It's not totally depressing.  Continue Reading

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September
13

Advice, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power

How to Deal with Assholes

Stanford management professor (and husband of an ex-Am Law 100 partner) talks about his new book, The Asshole Survival Guide. Continue Reading

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September
5

Advice, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power

Death to Performance Reviews!

What's worse—performance reviews or a colonoscopy? Continue Reading

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August
31

Diversity, Home/Work, Money/Power, Women

Lawyers: You Are to Blame for Trump

It's because of smug, liberal urbanites like you that we are in the mess we're in. A look at White Working Class by Joan Williams. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 9:29 AM | Post a Comment (1)
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August
28

Fashion/Style/Etiquette, Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers, Web Briefs

Dear Client: I'm on Vacation. Get Lost.

News briefs for the beach. Continue Reading

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August
22

Advice, Law Students/Law Schools

GREs for Law School Admission? Bad Idea!

Big Law is full of people who have no business being in law. Continue Reading

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August
10

Advice, Diversity, Law Students/Law Schools

Preet Bharara Tells Minority Law Students to "Work Harder." Is that the Best Advice?

How many times are women and minorities told that excellence is the best way to get ahead? Too many. Continue Reading

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August
1

Diversity, Money/Power, Women

Corporations Are Pressuring Firms to Diversify—Not!

For all the talk about diversity, few corporations are keeping score about their outside counsel. Continue Reading

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July
27

Advice, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power, Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers, Women

Yes, There Is Sexual Harassment in Big Law

Think lawyers are too smart and conservative to engage in sexual harassment? Think again. Continue Reading

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July
25

Diversity, Law Students/Law Schools, Money/Power, Women

Are Asian Americans Fed Up with the Legal Profession?

Asian American enrollment rates at law schools have taken a steep dive. What's more, they are Big Law's biggest dropouts. Continue Reading

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July
20

Diversity, Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers, Web Briefs

Trump Hearts Jones Day (Still)

News and gossip edition: Jones Day, Porngate, Airnb Trump fan and Brazilian waxes. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 7:54 AM | Post a Comment (0)
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July
17

Diversity, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power, Women

Your Firm Is Sued for Gender Discrimination. Who Cares?

Do firms lose clients and recruits when they get slapped with a sensational lawsuit? Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 6:38 AM | Post a Comment (0)
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July
14

Fashion/Style/Etiquette, Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers, Women

Sleeveless Dresses Are Unprofessional, but Cleavage is Okay

Forget Russiagate. Corporate fashion is what's really roiling America. Continue Reading

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July
10

Money/Power, Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers, Women

Is Lust a Problem in Big Law Too?

Working women are just as prudish as Mike Pence, according to a new poll. Continue Reading

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July
5

Diversity, Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers, Web Briefs

News and Gossip: George Clooney, Tax Cheats and Cool Brits

The beach edition of news and gossip. Continue Reading

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The Careerist takes an inside look at how lawyers shape their careers and manage their lives. The blog aims to dissect developments in the profession, provide useful information and advice, and give lawyers a platform to voice their views. The goal is to provide a fresh, provocative take on the state of lawyering.

About Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen, The Careerist's chief blogger, has been covering the business and culture of law firms for a decade. A former corporate lawyer, Chen is fascinated by those who thrive (as well as those who don't) in the legal profession. Her take: Success in the law (and life) doesn't always travel a linear path. If you have topics you'd like to discuss or information to share, contact her: VChen@alm.com

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