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

It's Not Just About the Work

By Vivia Chen |

Can minorities really overcome prejudice through sheer excellence?

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.

Are Asian-Americans Fed Up With Law?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

While it might be easy to read a recent report as a confirmation of how the system fails Asian-Americans, it actually paints a more complicated picture.

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

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Even in the face of harassment, rumors and other inconveniences, female lawyers are forging ahead.

Kerrie Campbell, partner with Chadbourne & Parke, in Washington, D.C. September 1, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

Sued for Discrimination? No Worries!

By Vivia Chen |

Though gender equality and diversity seem to top everyone's priority list these days, being slapped with a discrimination claim has surprisingly few repercussions.

No White Shoes for George Clooney This Summer, and Other News Oddities

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

The Fourth of July is coming up, so it's no time for serious news. Here's a roundup for some oddly amusing/curious news and gossip for you to digest by the pool or beach.

Miss Idaho, Elizabeth Barchas, appears in the annual Miss America parade on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., Friday, Sept. 17, 2004.

This Beauty Queen Turned DOJ Lawyer Could Mean Trouble for Trump

By Vivia Chen |

Did we mention she's a Harvard Law grad and two-time SCOTUS clerk? And she's working for the enemy, Robert Mueller.

Furious frustrated businesswoman

The Careerist: Choose One: 1) Ditzy Broad or 2) Angry Bitch

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

In case you're not keeping score, the sexist comments are flying these days. Let's just focus on two recent incidents.

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 |

It is weirdly comforting that a big, strong guy like Comey is no better at handling a manipulative, slimy guy in power than we women are.

The Careerist: Don't Count on Millenials to Bring About Gender Equality

By Vivia Chen |

Women swear the rising generation will bridge the gender gap. I'm not sure this is the group I'd pin my hopes on.

Virtual Law Firm Takes on the Careerist 

By Vivia Chen |

A few weeks ago I wrote that I doubted cloud-based operations are competing against Big Law for major rainmakers and clients. One virtual firm took issue with my views.

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 know you are a busy, hot-shot lawyer, but may I offer you some friendly advice?

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 |

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 |

Anyone who says that performance reviews are useful is full of it.

We’re Ladies, We Lunch and We Like It

By Vivia Chen |

At the Central Park Women's Committee hat luncheon last week, the women at my table (lawyers and business executives) want you to know that they deserve respect.

Bad News: Rainmakers Aren't Lounging in Their PJs

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

The idea that lawyers can make buckets of money from their cozy apartment, beach house or suburban manse is a fantasy.

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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 |

Just like the Fox News Network LLC, some law firms would be equally reluctant to get rid of a top rainmaker who behaved badly.

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.

Firms Announce Flextime Policies. How Exciting.

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Based on what I've seen, many if not most lawyers (except for the junior ones) work wherever they want.

Vice President Mike Pence

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

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Who knew the vice president was such a lustful rascal?

Women and Rejection

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Does the dearth of women at the top stem from fear of rejection? Not exactly. After a botched interview or a unflattering review, they're less likely to try again.

Left to right: Woody Allen, Eleanor Alter and Mia Farrow.

So You Want to Be a Hot-Shot Divorce Lawyer

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

If anyone knows what it takes to be a successful divorce lawyer it's Eleanor Alter.

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.

Hurry! Send Your Resume to the White House!

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

I am truly sorry that so much of the news and gossip, even in our little world of law, is about Donald Trump.

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.

Karen Dunn and Hillary Clinton

Loss, Hope and What She Wore

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

If the election had turned out differently, Karen Dunn wouldn't be sitting at her desk at Boies Schiller Flexner in Washington. She'd be somewhere in the West Wing, at the red-hot center of the presidency.

The Samuel Beckett of Cravath

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Remember Alan Hruska, the former Cravath, Swaine & Moore partner turned playwright, novelist and filmmaker? Recently, the 83-year-old former litigator opened his play "Ring Twice for Miranda" at City Center in New York, a highly prestigious off-Broadway venue.

Robert Duvall playing Tom Hagen in

What? Tom Hagen Is Now at the White House?

By Vivia Chen |

Considering what's going on at the White House, is that what clients look for in their lawyers—someone who can tell them how far they can push the ethics boundaries without breaking the law?