December
14

Women—White Women—Are Making Gains in Big Law

I plowed into the 2018 Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey expecting the same-old, same-old. And, of course, much of it is depressingly predictable, such as the dominance of (what else?) white men in the ranks of equity partners at law firms. But—brace yourself—there was some encouraging news too! (Conducted in... Continue Reading

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December
10

Diversity, Money/Power, Partner chats

Meet the Lawyers Out to Get Harvard

My interview with the two Barlitt Beck partners who are suing Harvard. Continue Reading

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December
5

Diversity, Money/Power, Partner chats

Cappuccino, Bill Lee and the Harvard Admissions Case

My interview with Harvard's lead trial lawyer on the controversial case.. Continue Reading

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December
3

Home/Work, Money/Power, Women

Why Are Women Cheering Sheryl Sandberg's Fall?

Women have been waiting for this moment to settle a score with the Lean-In goddess.  Continue Reading

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November
28

Diversity, Women

Your Diversity Effort Is a Dud. Now What?

All that investment of time, money and emoting—but what do you have to show for it? Continue Reading

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November
21

Law Students/Law Schools, Web Briefs, Women

Shock. Shock. Bar Passage Rate Plummets!

It’s Turkey Day, so who wants serious discourse? Here’s my take on some recent news items: Face it: This latest crop is not the best and the brightest. Oh, the shock and outrage about those abysmal bar pass rates! How is it possible that takers of the July 2018 California... Continue Reading

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November
19

Home/Work, Money/Power

Why We Can All Identify with Gabe MacConaill

For me, his suicide brought back memories of my time as a lawyer. Continue Reading

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November
15

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

Already a #MeToo Backlash?

Mike Pence is alive and well in Big Law. Continue Reading

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November
13

Eight Years After Lean-In. Whatcha Gotta Show for It?

Women are leaning in, but the results are not encouraging. Continue Reading

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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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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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