February
13

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

Are You as Mean as Amy Klobuchar?

Truth is, her behavior would barely be noticed in Big Law. Continue Reading

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February
5

Law Students/Law Schools, Women

Watch Out: Women Rising at Top Law Schools

Even women in one of the bastions of conservatism are making strides. Continue Reading

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January
30

Diversity, Home/Work, Money/Power, Women

Minority Women Are More Ambitious

What’s jolting is the apparent ambition gap between women of color and white women. Continue Reading

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January
27

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

Shock! Shock! A Lawyer Who Inflates Billables!

Every firm has a few lawyers who are exuberant billers. Why the shock? Continue Reading

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January
18

Home/Work, Women

Do Moms Make Better Leaders? Gillibrand Seems to Think So.

Is it anti-feminist to criticize Gillibrand's mommy comment? Continue Reading

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January
16

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

Crystal Ball, Oh, Crystal Ball 2019

My annual rite: What's in store for the profession this year. Continue Reading

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January
15

Diversity, Money/Power, Women

But Where Are the Black Partners?

Let's talk about that elephant in the room, okay? Continue Reading

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January
10

Diversity, Money/Power

Minority Lawyer Numbers Are Improving. Really. (Ok, caveats apply.)

What the MCCA/Vault survey on diversity shows. Continue Reading

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January
8

Diversity, Home/Work, Money/Power, Women

Munger Tolles Did It. Why Can't You?

This elite firm elected a new class of partners that's 60 percent female or diverse. Continue Reading

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January
4

Money/Power, Web Briefs

Most Intriguing and Outrageous Legal Personalities for 2018

Being memorable is not necessarily a good thing. Continue Reading

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December
26

Home/Work, Women

Warning: Breastfeeding Is Dangerous (to Your Career)

The breastfeeding penalty is alive and well. Continue Reading

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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

Posted by Vivia Chen at 11:51 AM | Post a Comment (0)
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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

Posted by Vivia Chen at 11:26 AM | Post a Comment (1)
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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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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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