July
31

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

Why Is David Boies Bothering to Sue Alan Dershowitz?

I thought my Dershowitz tour of duty was over. Alas, I was mistaken. Continue Reading

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July
29

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

David Boies Is Not Done with Jeffrey Epstein

First, let's talk about that elephant in the room. Continue Reading

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July
22

Alternative Careers/Straying Off Track, Money/Power, Women

Take a Long Parental Leave and Make Partner? Seriously?

Who will take advantage of those wild perks? Continue Reading

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July
17

Diversity

Diversity Training Won't Change Your Behavior (or Trump's)

A recent Wharton study confirms what we've all known in our guts. Continue Reading

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July
15

Home/Work, Money/Power, Women

Are You an Ivanka or a Megan?

Ivanka is the perfect corporate role model. Embrace it. Continue Reading

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July
11

Want Equality? Just Perform Like the Women's Soccer Team!

How high is the bar for women to get fair treatment? Continue Reading

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July
10

Fenwick & West Is Chock Full of Asian American Lawyers

This firm has more Asian Americans than any other Am Law 200 firm. Continue Reading

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July
8

Am Law Firms with Zero (0) Black Partners—Is This Possible in 2019?

Am I the only one who thinks this is screwy? According to The American Lawyer’s latest Diversity Scorecard, this year’s winner for the top diversity prize has a superb record on diversity overall, but zero black partners! Yup, you heard correctly. And we’re not talking about some firm in Idaho... Continue Reading

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July
1

Home/Work, Women

To Eric Swalwell and All the Daddy Superiors

Men are now adapt at changing diapers—and, by golly, they want credit for it! Continue Reading

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June
27

Money/Power

Defending the Devil: That DOJ Lawyer Who Denied Kids Soap

My defense of the latest most-hated lawyer in America. Continue Reading

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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

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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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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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