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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.

Business woman with bullhorn

Where Are the Asian-American Partners?

By Vivia Chen |

Though they've been swelling the junior ranks of the profession for the last 20 years or so, Asian Americans are still rarities at the top, particularly in Big Law.

Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway on

Kellyanne: Victim of Sexism?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

The counselor to the president isn't getting a fair shake.

Do Firms Care When Women Bolt?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Forgive me for being a cynic (who me?), but I'm not at all convinced that law firm managers are losing sleep when women lawyers fly the coop.

It Turns Out You Can Be Too Rich

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

A study finds that female lawyers from a wealthy background have a harder time getting hired at law firms than men from the same economic class.

Tom Price, left, and Tiffany Trump, right.

Dentons' Oopsy, Tiffany's Trajectory and Skadden's UNaugural Ball

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Alternative facts. Alternative reality. Whatever. Any way you look at it, it's been surreal for the past two months.

Bracing for the New Sexism

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Donald Trump has tapped into our primal insecurities about our looks, and how our physical flaws can diminish our professional success.

15 Signs That You're Getting Fired

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Law firms take their time in bidding attorneys adieu, so it's wise to stay one step ahead of the game.