198 posts categorized "Advice"

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

Posted by Vivia Chen at 7:08 AM on October 11, 2017 in Advice, Diversity, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power, Partner chats | Comments (0)

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

Posted by Vivia Chen at 6:43 PM on September 13, 2017 in Advice, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power | Comments (2)

Death to Performance Reviews!

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

Posted by Vivia Chen at 3:17 PM on September 5, 2017 in Advice, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power | Comments (0)

GREs for Law School Admission? Bad Idea!

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

Posted by Vivia Chen at 9:45 AM on August 22, 2017 in Advice, Law Students/Law Schools | Comments (1)

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

Posted by The Careerist at 7:11 AM on August 10, 2017 in Advice, Diversity, Law Students/Law Schools | Comments (2)

Yes, There Is Sexual Harassment in Big Law

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

Posted by Vivia Chen at 4:33 AM on July 27, 2017 in Advice, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power, Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers, Women | Comments (1)

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Flip Flops, Tank Tops, Tattoos—Oh My!

Every day is now casual dress day at many firms. And some lawyers are pushing the acceptability envelope. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 6:01 AM on June 2, 2017 in Advice, Fashion/Style/Etiquette | Comments (1)

Man-Up, Don McGahn

The Careerist offers the White House Counsel some career advice. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 6:21 AM on May 24, 2017 in Advice, Management/Mismanagement, Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers | Comments (0)

Yep, Women Are Lousy at Rejection

Women don't take rejection well. But not because of the reason you assume. Continue Reading

Posted by The Careerist at 8:03 AM on April 11, 2017 in Advice, Money/Power, Women | Comments (0)

So You Want to be a Divorce Lawyer? Dishing with Eleanor Alter

Celebrity divorce lawyer Eleanor Alter and her partners talk about representing the rich and famous. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 9:29 AM on April 3, 2017 in Advice, Alternative Careers/Straying Off Track, Money/Power, Partner chats, Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers | Comments (2)

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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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