November
8

Diversity, Money/Power, Women

Women Don't Always Support Other Women

Women get credit for the blue wave during the midterm elections. But they also should get credit for continuing to enable Trump be Trump. Continue Reading

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October
24

Alternative Careers/Straying Off Track, Money/Power, Partner chats

Rope & Gray Leader Is Running for NY Attorney General. Who Knew?

My interview with Keith Wofford. Continue Reading

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October
19

Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power

Ted Olson, Gibson Dunn and Saudi Arabia

it was awkward timing. Continue Reading

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October
17

Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power, Women

Why Are Women Such Bad Negotiators? Hint: It's About Lying.

Yes, men and women negotiate differently. And guess who's winning? Continue Reading

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October
12

Report Harassment and Bullying? Hmm...

The good news: Bullying is more gender-neutral than harassment. Progress? Continue Reading

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October
9

Diversity, Home/Work, Money/Power, Women

Trying to Get Pregnant? Management Would Like to Know.

I am so grateful for white, middle-aged male partners. If it weren't for them, I honestly don't know what I'd write about! Take Stephen Sozio, the co-leader of Jones Day’s health care practice who also chairs the firm’s litigation department in Cleveland. At a recent office meeting, he apparently "encouraged"... Continue Reading

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October
5

Sex, Lies, and Other Career Sinkers, Women

Rachel Mitchell: Mean Girl or Victim?

There's something distinctly female about the way Rachel Mitchell tried to diminish Christine Blasey Ford. Continue Reading

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September
29

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

Brett Kavanaugh Is Scary

Seeing is believing, and what I saw was disturbing. Continue Reading

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September
26

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

Stand By Your Man?

I don't envy the female lawyers who've come out in support of Kavanaugh. Continue Reading

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September
23

Did I Lose My Feminist Cred?

No one is in a mood for a nuanced debate. Continue Reading

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September
19

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

Brett Was a Very Bad Teenager

Where is the line between groping and attempted rape? Continue Reading

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September
16

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

The Latest Weird News

All the fun, useless news you might have missed. Continue Reading

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September
10

Diversity, Money/Power, Women

Yup, It's Great to be a White, Male Lawyer!

Who says the good old days are over? Continue Reading

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September
4

Advice, Management/Mismanagement

How To Keep Associates Satisfied (and Obedient)

Associates are simple, docile, obedient and trainable. Continue Reading

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August
27

Law Students/Law Schools, Money/Power

Clients Don't Give a Damn What You Pay Associates

Oh, who doesn't love outrage, especially over nothing? Continue Reading

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August
22

My Man, Don McGahn: The Smartest Lawyer in Trumpland

I know you're still trying to digest all that news about Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, but let's not forget the recent fuss about White House counsel Don McGahn. Believe it or not, McGahn is beginning to grow on me. Sure, I've accused him of being an ethics disaster, a... Continue Reading

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August
20

Home/Work, Money/Power, Women

Sued for Gender Bias, Yet Named to "Best Law Firms for Women" List

Talk about awkward timing. Continue Reading

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August
17

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

Women and Men Don't Agree on Harassment (Or Anything Else)

What a new survey tells us about how men and women view the world. Continue Reading

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August
16

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

News and Gossip in the Trumpian World

Summer news! Continue Reading

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August
13

Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power, Women

Is that Lateral Partner a Sexual Harasser?

The Mad Men era is still here. Continue Reading

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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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