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

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June
30

Diversity, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power

Big Law's Double Talk About Racism: This You?

You know the white establishment must be quaking in its boots when someone as icy as Vogue editrix Anna Wintour is voicing contrition and offering listening tours about race. (Wintour told staff members, “I know Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to black editors, writers,... Continue Reading

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June
29

Diversity, Money/Power, Women

Am Law 100 Firms That Are Failing Women

Let's not be bashful. Let's name names. Continue Reading

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June
16

Advice, Diversity, Money/Power

Kirkland Ellis Associate Speaks Out About Race/Racism in Big Law

Black lawyers in elite firms are not suppose to do this. Continue Reading

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June
9

Diversity, Money/Power

"Money" Is the Reason Asian Americans Are Rejecting Law School

Are Asian Americans more motivated by materialism than other ethnic groups? Continue Reading

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June
8

Home/Work, Money/Power, Women

What? Corona Is a Gender Leveler?

COVID-19 is throwing a monkey wrench at all those favorite male activities. Continue Reading

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June
4

Diversity, Women

Who's Afraid of Amy Cooper? White Female Lawyers

“Just because I am a white woman does not mean I am a crazy lunatic.” Continue Reading

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May
25

Advice, Diversity, Management/Mismanagement, Money/Power

"A Sad and Scary Time" for Asian Americans: Racism During COVID-19

“I’m a proud American, but some people don’t see me as American.” Continue Reading

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May
15

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

Covid19 Bunker: Ted Boutrous on His Anti-Trump Tweets, Poetry and Hair

Is he worried that his politics might be scaring off clients? Continue Reading

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May
8

Home/Work, Money/Power

Memo to Associates: "This Isn't a Gravy Train"

Fair or not, the memo is out there—and it’s become a flash point in the coronavirus era. Continue Reading

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May
3

Money/Power

I'm In No Mood To Write This Column

I can’t think of a thing to opine about that will have a stitch of urgency a month from now. Continue Reading

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April
27

Fashion/Style/Etiquette

Worried You Look Awful on Zoom?

This is an awfully trivial topic. But isn’t that exactly what we need at the moment? Continue Reading

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April
21

Management/Mismanagement

3M's Ivan Fong Talks about the N95 Mask, Trump's Tweet and Bundt Cake

Meet the man who's steering 3M through the mask shortage and Trump's tweets. Continue Reading

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April
14

Home/Work, Women

Husbands Aren't Totally Useless During Pandemic, Say Female Lawyers

Shock. Shock. Husbands are doing their fair share. Continue Reading

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March
31

Boies Schiller's Natasha Harrison Is Not Having an Easy Time

Would you drag your family across the Atlantic during the coronavirus for your job? 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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