The Careerist

Female Equity Partner Rate Is At All-Time High. (But It's Not That Great.)

The National Association of Women Lawyers just released its annual report. And the news flash is this: It's not totally depressing.

Death to Performance Reviews! (Well, One Can Hope)

By Vivia Chen |

Most lawyers look forward to performance reviews about as eagerly as they do a colonoscopy.

Dear Client, I'm on Vacation. So Bug Off.

By Vivia Chen |

Who wants to read serious, long-winded pieces about the legal profession in late August? No one. Certainly, not moi. So here's the beach edition of the latest news.

Do We Really Want to Make It Easier to Go to Law School?

By Vivian Chen, The Careerist |

Can we cut through the bull about why law schools are now accepting GREs for admission? The fact is that applications are falling, and law schools are desperate for hot bodies to fill their empty seats.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara.

It's Not Just About the Work

By Vivia Chen |

In a profession where putting in ungodly hours is a badge of honor, working hard is the sine qua non for success. Still, where has sheer hard work gotten minorities and women, particularly in Big Law?

Clients Pushing Hard for Diversity? Not Exactly

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Maybe it's because I get jaded easily, but I just can't get myself excited that the legal profession is really getting on the stick about diversity or women. Sure, there are some worthy, innovative initiatives. But while clients might make a lot of noise about diversity, but when it comes to keeping score on outside counsel, they're doing squat.

Arms and Toes and Breasts, Oh My!

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Want a break from all the messy news about Donald Trump Jr. and Russiagate? Let's cut to some other topics that are roiling America: Is it acceptable for women to go sleeveless and bare their toes in a professional setting? And what about cleavage in the workplace?

Sexual Harassment Is Thriving in Big Law

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Thanks to law professors Joanna Grossman at Southern Methodist University and Deborah Rhode at Stanford University, we now have a primer on sexual harassment on the job.

Is Lust (or Fear of It) a Big Problem in Big Law?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

I must be way, way out of line. Or stupid. That's because I have no hesitation about having drinks or eating alone with a male source or colleague. In fact, I often propose such meetings. I thought I was doing my job. As it turns out, I've been behaving wildly inappropriately.

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies about his firing by President Donald Trump during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on June 8, 2017.

James Comey Is the Feminist du Jour

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Isn't it refreshing that a 6-foot, 8-inch hunk of a guy can be reduced to a girly-girl? I'm talking, of course, about how helpless and confused he seemed when President Donald Trump kept cornering him for some one-on-one time. Like women all over America, my reaction was, "Hey, I know that drill."

Kellyanne Conway, center, accompanied by her husband, George, speaks with members of the media as they arrive for a dinner at Union Station in Washington, the day before Trump's inauguration, on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017.

Mr. Kellyanne Conway Is His Own Man

By Vivia Chen |

I always knew he was a smart cookie. And sure enough, he did what anyone with career savvy would do: Turned down a big job offer with the Trump administration and ran for the hills.

Virtual Law Firm Takes on the Careerist

By Vivia Chen |

A few weeks ago I questioned the hype surrounding so-called "virtual" law firms. One such firm took issue, and responded: For the past 15 years, we have been living—in fact, leading—the change that is happening in the legal industry. Maybe partners at other NewLaw firms spend a lot of time in PJ's, but our firm offers a different experience than the caricature Chen created.

White House counsel Donald McGahn, during the first day of the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. March 20, 2017.

Dear Don McGahn, Please Go.

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

I hate to break this to you, but you are doing a really, really crummy job. Unbelievably bad. Tremendously awful. Let's be blunt: You are serving neither the White House nor country. Nor Trump. Nor yourself.

The Power Look: Tank Tops, Tattoos and Flip-Flops

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Just how far can you push a summertime dress code before you jeopardize your professional credibility?

SNL's Weekend Update

Are Trump's Endorsements Helping Morgan Lewis?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Time for another roundup of news and gossip. And yes, they all center around our president (so let me apologize in advance).

To All the Single Ladies

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Add this to the list of things we'd rather not talk about: Women, even ones in the most selective professional programs, prioritize marriage over career, and will downplay their ambitions to achieve that goal.

Allen & Overy Drops Performance Reviews, and Everyone Cheers (Especially Women)

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

We all know reviews are empty annual rites, but who would have the balls to get rid of them? Brace yourself. It's Allen & Overy, an old-line law British firm.

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Do Women Really Choose the Pink Ghetto?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Are women opting for those lower-paying practices or is there an invisible hand that steers them there?

Bill O'Reilly.

Would Big Law Boot Bill O'Reilly?

By Vivia Chen |

Most law firms, like entertainment enterprises, are dependent on individual stars to keep the money pumping. Which means they would bend over backwards to keep such a vital player.

The Young and the Restless

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

If your firm has been spending big bucks on branding, paying fat bonuses or packing associates off for courses at Harvard Business School, you've just wasted your partners' hard-earned money.

Should Firms 'Out' Lawyers on the Work/Life Balance Track?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Littler Mendelson lists its "flextime" attorneys right on its website.

Vice President Mike Pence

Mike Pence Is a Prude, and So Are Big-Law Partners

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Here's what puzzles me about all the outrage directed at Pence and his policy to not eat dinner alone with a woman or attend a party without his wife: Is his cautionary policy toward women really that different from what goes on in law firms and the rest of Corporate America?

Women and Rejection

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Does the dearth of women at the top stem from fear of rejection? Not exactly.