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

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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

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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

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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

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October
2

Diversity, Home/Work, Money/Power, Women

Is Amy Coney Barrett a Feminist or Handmaid?

It's been a rough time for old fashioned feminists. And now conservative women are taking the feminist stage. Continue Reading

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September
24

Money/Power, Women

I'd Rather Have a Straight, White Dude on the Supreme Court

How brilliantly diabolical to deploy a woman to kill women's rights. Continue Reading

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September
22

Home/Work, Money/Power, Women

RBG: A Feminist Even My Mother-in-Law Likes

I met RBG long before she became an icon, and, if truth be told, she barely registered on my radar. Continue Reading

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September
16

Fashion/Style/Etiquette, Law Students/Law Schools

Guns, Harvard and Zoom

Guess what’s rivaling Gucci shoes and Bottega Veneta briefcases as the must-have accessory for lawyers? Guns. Continue Reading

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September
12

Money/Power

Maybe Associates Aren't That Sharp

Almost 60% of midlevel associates think they're on partnership track. Really? Continue Reading

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September
10

Diversity, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power

Crazy Rich Firms That Didn't Make the A-List—And Probably Don't Care

Should we expect more from the richest, mightest firms in the land? Maybe not. Continue Reading

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September
2

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

Stop Picking on Mr. Kamala Harris!

Stop with the guilt by association! Continue Reading

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September
1

Home/Work

Kellyanne Conway Plays the Mommy Card, But Can You Relate?

We all thought Kellyanne could have it all and do it all. Continue Reading

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August
10

Fashion/Style/Etiquette, Home/Work, Money/Power

Claudia Conway Seeks Pro Bono Help + Other News/Gossip

What's cooking with George and Kellyanne's daughter, Kayne's lawyer and master of your domain. Continue Reading

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August
7

Diversity, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power

Gung-Ho On Diversity? Well, You Might Get Sued.

A recent case against Oracle warns that corporate hype better be backed up with results. Continue Reading

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July
23

Diversity

Black Lawyer's Burden: Calling Out Racism.

Harvard Business Review offers a roadmap for Black professionals to broach racism in the workplace. But is it worth the effort? Continue Reading

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July
21

Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers, Women

Amy Cooper Is a Feminist and Victim? Who Knew?

Readers say the most interesting things. And some are coming to the defense of "Karen." Continue Reading

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July
14

Diversity, Money/Power

Cravath Still Has Zero Black Partners

Two Am Law 100 firms stand out—but not in a positive way. Continue Reading

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July
8

Diversity, Home/Work, Management/Mismanagement, Women

Now Men Are Drowning Out Women on Zoom

Catalyst's latest survey says people are optimistic that COVID-19 will make the workplace more equal. But read between the lines. Continue Reading

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July
6

Diversity, Money/Power, Women

"My Daughter Should NOT Have To Deal With The Same Crap": Diverse Female Lawyers Speak Out

Why do female lawyers of color stay on at Big Law? New report sheds light. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 2:04 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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