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Author: Helen Wan

Helen Wan Helen Wan is a lawyer and author of "The Partner Track" (St. Martin's Press), the story of a young woman of color competing for partnership at a powerful law firm. She is currently at work on a new book about women and ambition, and frequently speaks on diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession. Her author website is

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When is the time for writing? Right now.

November 21, 2016

Back in October, which now feels like a lifetime ago, I was asked to write a post for the NaNoWriMo Project on a topic of interest to law students who are working on a novel. I started a piece about turning stories from your day job into fiction.

Lucky Duck

How to be a Lucky Duck

March 21, 2016

When asked to write in celebration of the International Day of Happiness, I thought it appropriate to offer (for what they’re worth) these Principles of Happiness, or the 5 pieces of advice I wish I’d gotten as a law student.

On the ‘Track’ to a creative life in law

On the ‘Track’ to a creative life in law

November 18, 2015

In December of 2011, while I was working as associate general counsel at a large company in New York, my agent finally sold my first novel (on which I’d labored for thirteen years, on weekends and late at night, garnering an impressive collection of rejections). That phone call was the