June
19

Fashion/Style/Etiquette, Women

Are Women Still Expected to Be "Lady-Like" at Work?

If female athletes can't be boisterous and boastful, what's acceptable behavior for women in the workplace? Continue Reading

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June
17

Money/Power

Kavanaugh Hires Tiger Cub, and Out Come the Knives!

The clerkship was no surprise, so why the outrage? Continue Reading

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June
13

Diversity, Money/Power

Lawyers Prefer "Brad" to "Latoya" as Clients. What's That About?

I’d love to say racism is passé, but I keep running into research that suggests otherwise. Continue Reading

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May
31

Law Students/Law Schools, Money/Power

What? Big Law Bends Rules to Hire Clients' Kids?

I hate to say it but it makes business sense. Continue Reading

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May
30

Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers, Women

Sexual Harassment and the Wisdom of Mike Pence

You put men and women together without their spousal chaperones, add a dash of alcohol, and voila! Continue Reading

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May
29

Diversity, Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers, Women

The Latest Report on Bullying and Harassment

In the largest-ever global survey of lawyers on on bullying and harassment, there's little good news for women. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 11:27 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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May
28

Diversity, Money/Power

Yay Diversity! (Now, Can We Stop Talking about Race?)

What we don't like talking about. Continue Reading

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May
20

Hark! An Asian American Woman Is Leading Elite Law Firm!

Just in time for Asian American Heritage Month: Big Law anoints an Asian American female leader. Continue Reading

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May
13

Money/Power, Women

Law Firms Don't Get Women, Says Study

Firms don't understand what women need to succeed. Continue Reading

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May
8

Fashion/Style/Etiquette, Women

Is Amal Too Beautiful To Be a Serious Lawyer?

Amal's work is serious and worthy, so why am I now talking about her looks? Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 7:23 AM | Post a Comment (1)
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May
7

Fashion/Style/Etiquette, Women

This Is Not an Angry Women Event

Let's take a break from all the unhappy stuff. Continue Reading

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May
6

Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power, Women

Are the Brits More Advance on Gender?

What? The U.K. is more progressive? Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 1:22 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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April
29

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

Joe Biden Is Indeed Everyman—and That's the Problem

This is why I'm still not convinced that Biden gets it. But maybe it doesn't matter anyway. Continue Reading

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April
22

Money/Power

Is Don McGahn the Post-Mueller Hero?

Guess who’s emerged as the shiny, white knight of the Mueller report: former White House Counsel Don McGahn. Yes, my man McGahn, the guy I’ve been excoriating the past few years (click here, here). Since the report came out, McGahn has been bathing in positive coverage: “Don McGahn May Have... Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 11:26 PM | Post a Comment (2)
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April
15

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

Jones Day Boasts Mom Partners, But How Many Are Equity?

The firm responds to a big gender discrimination law suit, but what pops out is what it isn't saying. Continue Reading

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April
12

Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers, Women

Amnesty for All You Joe Bidens Out There!

Why are we bothering to make Biden into some kind of icon of odious male behavior? Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 12:13 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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April
9

Advice, Management/Mismanagement

Career Advice for Kirstjen Nielsen

Her career is full of teachable moments. Continue Reading

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April
6

Fashion/Style/Etiquette, Women

Funny Girl

Can women use humor in the workplace? Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 7:40 AM | Post a Comment (2)
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April
4

Diversity, Fashion/Style/Etiquette, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power, Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers, Women

Succubus, Amal, Weinstein's Skirts and My Man McGahn

All the news and gossip you don't need. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 12:58 PM | Post a Comment (0)
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March
14

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

Willkie's Gordon Caplan Is Obscure No More!

It's hard for lawyers to get recognition, but this Big Law partner did it overnight. Continue Reading

Posted by Vivia Chen at 11:04 AM | Post a Comment (1)
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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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