February
10

Home/Work, Management/Mismanagement, Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers, Women

Dentons Is Investigating Partners Accused of Polygamy and Terrorist Ties

How do you monitor a firm with 10,000 lawyers scattered around the world? Continue Reading

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February
7

Money/Power

How Much Business Do You Need to Make a Lateral Move?

What's the magic number for a lateral partner—$5 million or a lot less? Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 7:21 AM | Post a Comment (0)
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February
5

Home/Work, Law Students/Law Schools

Can Harvard Law Professor Beat the New York Times?

Is it a smart move to go against the most revered newspaper in the nation? Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 10:10 AM | Post a Comment (0)
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January
29

Money/Power, Web Briefs

Here's to You, Mrs. Dershowitz! (+ More)

Now is not the time for serious news. Continue Reading

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January
24

Alternative Careers/Straying Off Track, Home/Work

Easily Distracted? Maybe You Shouldn't Be A Lawyer

Maybe it's you. Not the firm. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 3:36 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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January
21

Home/Work, Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers

Drinking Chaperones for Law Firms?

Let's hope this British idea doesn't come our way. Continue Reading

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January
15

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

David Drummond Gets a Wrist Slap

What no exit package? Poor thing. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 1:22 PM | Post a Comment (1)
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January
14

Women

Keep It Simple: Blame It on Men

It's retro to point the finger at men. But that's what the studies keep showing. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 5:23 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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January
8

Diversity, Fashion/Style/Etiquette, Money/Power, Women

How I Infuriate My Dear Readers

A lot of readers were angry with me. I'm fine with that. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 1:13 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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January
2

Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power, Women

Crystal Ball, Oh, Crystal Ball: Predictions for 2020

Oh, how I wish I could report goodness, light and joy for 2020! Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 10:40 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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December
23

Home/Work, Money/Power, Women

When Smart Men Say Stupid Things

Why did Obama go there? Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 2:19 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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December
16

Women

Do We Need Another "Top" Law Firms for Women List?

Oh, goody, another useless guide. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 4:13 PM | Post a Comment (1)
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December
11

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

Drunk Partners, Pat Cipollone and Vanna White

It's time for light, fluffy news! Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 12:20 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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December
10

Diversity, Money/Power, Women

Paul Weiss's New Partners Aren't All White Men!

After suffering an embarrassment last year over its lack of diverse new partners, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison has promoted three women and four men, including one LGBT lawyer, to partner. All residents of the New York office, they are Jonathan Ashtor, Rachael Coffey, Alexia Korberg, Caith Kushner, Kyle... Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 10:44 AM | Post a Comment (0)
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December
8

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

David Boies Lets Loose About That New York Times Article

Boies tells me what he really thinks about the latest assault on his reputation. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 11:36 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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November
26

Advice, Money/Power

Ready for Passion on the Job?

Of all the career topics out there, the mandate for passion must surely win the prize for being one of the silliest Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 3:41 PM | Post a Comment (1)
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November
14

Diversity, Management/Mismanagement

How Strong is the Case Against Davis Polk for Discrimination?

How do you prove discrimination when everyone at the firm was so damn civil? Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 3:19 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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November
10

Diversity, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power

Davis Polk: Racist? Or Just Another Cold Law Firm?

If nothing else, it's a cautionary tale of how firms shouldn’t treat minorities (or anyone) in their workforce. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 4:32 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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November
8

Diversity, Women

Defining Diversity Is Like Picking Lipstick

Diversity is a matter of fashion. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 1:03 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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November
6

Diversity, Money/Power, Women

McKinsey and LeanIn's Latest Report on Women Is a Downer

It's not that things have gotten worse for women, it's just the overall progress seems slow and flat. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 10:31 AM | Post a Comment (0)
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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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