The Careerist

Are Millennials Driving Up Billables?

I hate to say this, but I told you so. Remember all that fuss about how millennials are high-maintenance brats who don’t have the same work ethic as their elders? The American Lawyer devoted a whole issue to the topic in March, but I took another view.

Martin Shkreli, Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump

Trump's Ties to Wachtell and Other Weirdness

From where I sit (New York), Donald Trump is not getting much Big Law support. I've only met one partner who's leaning toward Trump (not to worry, I won’t out you). But maybe Trump's luck will change with the appointment of Kellyanne Conway as his campaign manager. The Republican strategist is married to a top litigator.

Roger Ailes, former Fox CEO (Fred Prouser/REUTERS/Newscom).

Is There a Roger Ailes Lurking at Your Firm?

Were you truly that shocked about the allegation that CEO Roger Ailes hit up Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson and other female employees for sex? I think that might depend on how old you are. If you're 50 or over, Ailes' behavior might not be entirely surprising.

Tips on How to Get Out of Jury Duty

You are busy, busy. You're negotiating two super-important matters and your clients are constantly clamoring for your attention. Then you get hit with a jury summons. You've already deferred. Is there another option? There is. And it's simple: Lie.

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I Was Juror No. 4

By Vivia Chen |

Like everyone, I dreaded jury duty. But it proved to be a powerful experience.

Why Are Older Women Leaving Big Law?

By Vivia Chen |

You hear this so often that you probably take it as holy gospel: Women bail out of Big Law because of the impossibility of balancing the demands of work and home. Being a big firm lawyer, as every Manhattan third-grader knows, is an unforgiving, pressured job.

Megyn Kelly

Dare to Bare It at the Office?

By Vivia Chen |

It’s hot and stinky out there, and Donald Trump could be our next president, but let’s focus on the burning issue of the day: What to wear to the office?

10 Male Behaviors That Annoy Female Lawyers, as Told to The Careerist

Remember the advice I passed on to you ladies about how to be assertive, yet lovable? Well, it provoked a number of responses from readers (OK, female readers). In a nutshell, some women said they’re sick and tired about getting schooled on how they should behave.

How Women Can Be Assertive (and Lovable)

I know you’re tired of hearing about how hard it is for a woman to be in charge. But despair not: This time we’ve got some tips on how to manage and avoid the pitfalls.

Home Secretary Theresa May at the Ukraine Forum on Asset Recovery in London, 29 April 2014. Photo: Foreign and Commonwealth Office via Wikipedia.

Mummy Dearest: A Look at the Mommy War in the UK

It's been far too long since I've written about Mommy Wars. Thankfully our sisters across The Pond have given me an excuse to wade into one of my favorite subjects. Britain, after its big Brexit vote, is about to get a new leader. And two powerful women wanted the job.

Paul Clement of Bancroft following a funeral mass for late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Feb. 20, 2016.

Want To Do Conservative Pro Bono? Good Luck.

By Vivia Chen |

Most projects skew left. But some lawyers and firms have bucked the trend.

Senior Associates Get No Respect

Are senior associates and counsel being ignored or getting the short end of the salary stick?

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White Female Privilege

By Vivia Chen |

Economic status, not necessity, is what allows women to stick it out in jobs.

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Tips on Overcoming That Dirty Feeling About Networking

By Vivia Chen |

Business school profs tell you how to enjoy networking.

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John Quinn Feels Your Pain

By Vivia Chen |

The super litigator pays tribute to the broken-hearted.

Alan Dershowitz Goes Back to Brooklyn

By Vivia Chen |

Watch the famous law professor talk, sing and eat his way through Borough Park, Brooklyn.

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Best and Worst Law Schools for Jobs

By Vivia Chen |

This year's list of go-to schools—and ones that should be avoided.

Twenty Feet From Stardom: Celebrity Ties of the Am Law 100

By Vivia Chen |

A pictorial roundup of celebrity-Big Law family connections.

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Too Sexy for the Boss

By Vivia Chen |

I know being a yoga instructor is not the same as being a lawyer. But hear me out anyway.

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The Diversity Ghetto

By Vivia Chen |

Women and minorities who promote diversity get penalized, a study says.

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Winston & Strawn Gives Dads 20 Weeks of Paid Leave

By Vivia Chen |

Will other big firms follow?

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Can We Stop the Mommy Anxiety Nonsense?

By Vivia Chen |

Moms with middle schoolers feel super stressed, but so what?

Hell Yeah, You Can Bitch on the Job!

By Vivia Chen |

Good news for grumpy workers.

Janie Schulman of Morrison & Foerester, Janice MacAvoy of Fried Frank and Alicia Handy of Latham Watkins.

Big Law Women Talk About Abortion (Their Own)

By Vivia Chen |

A gutsy admission? Or career suicide?

Not Just Rich, White Ladies Anymore

By Vivia Chen |

Even the Careerist needs some fun and frivolity once in a while.

How Law Schools Game the Rankings

By Vivia Chen |

Study finds that law school rankings encourage cheating, lying.

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Nice Bosses Do No Better (or Worse) Than Nasty Ones

By Vivia Chen |

Employees will leave anyway, so why bother being a good boss?

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News & Gossip: Slaughter & May, DLA, S&C + More

By Vivia Chen |

A quick and dirty take on the news.

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Law Schools that Feed Big Law Partnerships

By Vivia Chen |

Grads of lower rank schools often beat top schools in the partnership race.

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What a Man! He's Taking Paternity Leave!

By Vivia Chen |

Studies find that women's pay gap narrows when men take paternity leaves.

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What's Everyone Hiding in the Dershowitz Case?

By Vivia Chen |

Behind all the post-settlement posturing, neither side in the Alan Dershowitz sex case really wants their secrets out.

Alan Dershowitz (Rick Kopstein), Paul Cassell (U of Utah Law School) and Bradley Edwards HANDOUT

Did Dershowitz Pay Big Bucks to Settle Sex Case?

By Vivia Chen |

Dershowitz's opponents say they're willing to waive confidentiality. Is he?

Dershowitz Settles Sex Case, But Is He Vindicated?

By Vivia Chen |

Alan Dershowitz's accusers admit "tactical" mistakes, so what does that really mean?

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Bad News for Female Lawyers with Republican Bosses

By Vivia Chen |

A new study finds a correlation between women's careers and their bosses' ideology.

Women Leaders Are: 1) Awesome 2) Overrated 3) Irrelevant

By Vivia Chen |

Is having a female leader what it's cracked up to be? Maybe.

Best Law Schools for Jobs and Prestige

By Vivia Chen |

Big Law feeder schools are not always the most highly ranked.

Minority Female Lawyers Make Gains (But Not the Men)

By Vivia Chen |

The latest report on diversity from MCCA and Vault.

Marcia Clark in 1995, left, and in a current portrait.

Dishing with Marcia Clark (Yes, that Marcia)

By Vivia Chen |

O.J. Simpson's prosecutor talks about race, sexism and parenting.

Ted Cruz, left, and Marco Rubio, right.

Should You Hire Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio?

By Vivia Chen |

Ted Cruz has the perfect resume, but are you better off with the social butterfly?

Millennial Hype

By Vivia Chen |

Who says this generation will rock Big Law? A contrarian's view.