February 28, 2012 6:24 PM

The Careerist: Moi? Hostile About Big Law?

Posted by Vivia Chen

I must be doing my job, because readers often send me angry e-mails.

Recently I got a new type of complaint—that I’m too hostile about Big Law:

I  am curious why you write a blog about law? You seem to hate being a lawyer so much. . .  I can’t help but notice that nearly every day there’s a crack about how awful Big Law is, or today, it was generalized to all of law as being “not what it’s cracked up to be.”

It seems strange that you would put yourself out as a commentator on a field that you didn’t like and didn’t stay in.

Me? I’ve just finished my first year as partner in big law. I’m a mom . . . I have a wonderful husband. . . . It’s a tough tough career to be sure, but I can’t imagine anything else I’d rather do.

This reader goes on to say that my “snipey comments about Big Law” are “unprofessional.” She adds, “They make me think you might not be well-situated to be commenting on it since you didn’t succeed at it.”


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