February
15

Diversity

Coke's Bold Diversity Initiative. Ho Hum.

Ready for another exciting diversity plan? Continue Reading

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February
10

Fashion/Style/Etiquette, Management/Mismanagement

Bring in the Clowns: The Impeachment Show

Frankly, it’d be more honest if we let the proceedings devolve into a circus. A sort of Grand Guignol. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 4:12 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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February
1

Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power

In The Game of Trump, Jones Day Outplays Kirkland Ellis

Jones Day lawyers are looking mighty fine compared to their esteemed counterparts from Kirkland. No wonder they seem to be landing on their feet, while Kirkland’s are scrambling. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 3:31 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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January
13

Alternative Careers/Straying Off Track, Money/Power

Justice Robert's Heart Must Be Breaking

Josh Hawley is the ideal son—bright, clean cut and so eager to learn. He might have been the conservative version of Pete Buttigieg. Continue Reading

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January
10

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

Will Big Law Take Cruz or Hawley?

For such brilliant specimen of the legal profession, Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley are screwing up their careers. Continue Reading

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December
30

Diversity, Fashion/Style/Etiquette, Home/Work, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power, Women

Crystal Ball, Oh, Crystal Ball: What I See for 2021

What to expect in the new year: More Kornacki, less Gucci—and other vital trends. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 12:35 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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December
28

Diversity, Home/Work, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power, Women

The Careerist Looks Back at a Weird Year

It started off innocently enough. Continue Reading

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December
27

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

The Worst Lawyers of the Year Awards

This is the list you don't want to be on. Continue Reading

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December
20

Women

Why Women Are All Riled Up About [Dr.] Jill Biden

Yes, The Wall Street Journal op-ed was condescending and obnoxious, but was it worth all the agita? Continue Reading

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December
14

Money/Power, Partner chats, Women

The Future of Boies Schiller Is Female

Is this another example of the "glass cliff" in which women are tasked with the impossible job of turning around a failing institution? Continue Reading

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December
9

Fashion/Style/Etiquette, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power

Whatever Happened to Davis Polk's Report on Victoria's Secrets?

Why do we assume blue chip law firms are above conflicts of interests? Continue Reading

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December
8

Home/Work, Women

Women Initiatives That Are a Waste of Time

Acritas finds surpr Continue Reading

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November
18

Money/Power, Women

Et Tu, Robbie Kaplan?

When your brand is fighting for women's rights, can you work for the "other" side? Continue Reading

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November
13

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

Just a Little Hypocritical?

Voter suppression and pledges of diversity do not mix. Continue Reading

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October
29

Money/Power, Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers, Web Briefs

Let's Not Talk About the Elections

Let's gossip instead about Jeff, Ivanka and Jared. And Rudy too. Continue Reading

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October
26

Partner chats

What Boies and Olson Are Saying About This Election

My heart wants to believe what Boies has to say, but my head tells me Olson is on the money. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 2:23 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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October
19

Advice, Fashion/Style/Etiquette, Home/Work

5 Red Hot Career Tips I Got from Amy Coney Barrett

Just because you disagree with her on most issues doesn’t mean she can’t be your favorite role model. Continue Reading

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October
14

Diversity, Home/Work, Women

Amy Coney Barrett Is a Mom—Just What the Supreme Court Needs?

Being mom to seven kids is quite amazing, but is that a superskill for the high court? Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 11:35 AM | Post a Comment (0)
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October
9

Diversity, Money/Power, Women

Kamala Smiled. Mike Smarmed.

At least I didn't have to drink a whole bottle of wine to get through it. Continue Reading

Posted by The Careerist at 9:51 AM | Post a Comment (0)
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October
5

Home/Work, Money/Power

Big Law Partners Are Richer Than Ever. But Happier?

Yeah, money can buy you some happiness. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 5:19 PM | 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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