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Lawyer Professional Development Section

The Lawyer Professional Development Section is for NALP members who are interested in or have a responsibility for law firm professional development programming.

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2013-14 Section Chair: Molly Peckman, Dechert LLP, molly.peckman@dechert.com

February 2014 Board Report (PDF)

November 2013 Board Report (PDF)

July 2013 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Education Work Group: Annual Education Conference/PDI/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2014 Annual Education Conference in Seattle, WA for the 2014 PDI, topics for NALP Bulletin articles, and other topical presentations for Section members. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both.
Vice Chairs: Kara Dodson, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP and Julia Borginis, Fox Rothschild LLP

Lawyer/Law Student Professional Development Collaboration
Collaborate with the Law Student Professional Development Section to develop and deliver programming on legal career development strategies for law students and lawyers from recruitment through retirement and assess the effectiveness of professional development courses/programs from a student's perspective/associate's perspective. Collaborate with the Law Student PD Section and the NCMTF to identify competencies and skills of lawyers on various alternate career tracks (e-discovery, document review, contract). Gather information on best practices for establishing competencies for Alternate Career Track Attorneys, including examples, as appropriate. Report to section and membership by using webinars, Bulletin Articles, annual conference sessions, etc.
Vice Chair: Maria Minor, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

PD For the PD Professional
Expand/revitalize Best Practices Work Group to address PD member professional development. Will include hosting webinars on PD bet practices topics as well as member support programs (mentoring those new to the profession, sharing resources etc).
Vice Chairs: Sue Manch, Bingham, McCutchen LLP and Andy Hales, Venable LLP

Peer Mentoring
Create a mentoring program within the section connecting experience PD professionals with those new to the section. Work with the Experienced Professionals Section as necessary.
Vice Chair: Paul Giangola, Chadbourne & Parke and Richild Stewart, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

PD Course for Mid-Career Professionals - 201 Course
Work with members of the Experienced Professionals Section to develop a follow-up course to the Management Foundations Course at PDI for Recruitment Professionals to be delivered at the 2014 PDI Conference. The course should be geared towards mid-career professionals with 4-6 years of experience.
Vice Chair: Michele Bendekivoc, Steptoe & Johnson

Membership/Development
Vice Chair: Amanda Rope, Dechert



2012-2013 Section Chair: Molly Peckman, Dechert LLP, molly.peckman@dechert.com

April 2013 Board Report (PDF)

February 2013 Board Report (PDF)

November 2012 Board Report (PDF)

July 2012 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Education Work Group: Annual Education Conference/PDI/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2013 Annual Education Conference in Tampa, Florida, for the 2013 PDI, topics for NALP Bulletin articles, and other topical presentations for Section members. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Vice Chairs: Kara P. Zidek, Stargatt & Taylor LLP and Julia Rarig, Fox Rothschild LLP.

Lawyer/Law Student Professional Development Collaboration
Collaborate with the Law Student Professional Development Section to develop and deliver programming on legal career development strategies for law students and lawyers from recruitment through retirement and assess the effectiveness of professional development courses/programs from a student's perspective/associate's perspective. This group will also continue with Part II of the Experiential Learning Survey to assess from associates how valuable experiential learning was for them. Part II will also include survey questions for hiring partners, supervising lawyers, and recruiting managers regarding how valuable associates with experiential law school education are to firms. This group will collaborate with Law Student Professional Development Section to develop the survey language. Vice Chair: Michele Bendekovic, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC.

NALPconnect Workgroup
Introduce social media to section. Develop and update materials to be posted on the home page. Vice Chair: Cynthia Jordan, Dechert LLP.

PD For the PD Professional
Expand/revitalize Bet Practices Work Group to address PD member professional development. Will include hosting webinars on PD bet practices topics as well as member support programs (mentoring those new to the profession, sharing resources etc). Vice Chairs: Sue Manch, Bingham McCutcheon LLP and Andy Hales, Venable LLP.


2011-2012 Section Chair: Kris Butler, Holland & Knight LLP, kris.butler@hklaw.com

April 2012 Board Report (PDF)

February 2012 Board Report (PDF)

November 2011 Board Report (PDF)

July 2011 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups
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Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2012 Annual Education Conference in Austin, Texas and topics for NALP Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Vice Chair: Jean Hadley, Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz.

Lawyer Professional Development Best Practices
Continue collection of key information (best practices, hot topics) from the sessions at NALP’s annual Professional Development Institute and shared with the membership at large. The Vice Chair of this Work Group will serve as the Section’s liaison to the conference committee and will work with the group’s volunteers to 1) determine the best approach for effectively disseminating information after the conference (articles in the NALP Bulletin, a webinar, resource lists etc.) and 2) disseminate such information following the 2011 Professional Development Institute. Vice Chair: Emily Leeson, Alston + Bird LLP.

Lawyer/Law Student Professional Development Collaboration
Collaborate with the Law Student Professional Development Section to develop and deliver programming on legal career development strategies for law students and lawyers from recruitment through retirement and assess the effectiveness of professional development courses/programs from a student's perspective/associate's perspective. This group will also continue with Part II of the Experiential Learning Survey to assess from associates how valuable experiential learning was for them. Part II will also include survey questions for hiring partners, supervising lawyers, and recruiting managers regarding how valuable associates with experiential law school education are to firms. This group will collaborate with Law Student Professional Development Section to develop the survey language. Vice Chair: Michele Bendekovic, Steptoe & Johnson LLP.


2010-2011 Section Chair: Gillian Murray, Bryan Cave LLP, gillian.murray@bryancave.com

April 2011 Board Report (PDF)

February 2011 Board Report (PDF)

November 2010 Board Report (PDF)

July 2010 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

Lawyer Professional Development Best Practices
Develop a plan for ensuring that key information (best practices, hot topics) from the sessions at NALP’s annual Professional Development Institute is shared with the membership at large. The Vice Chair will serve as the Section’s liaison to the conference committee and will work with the group’s volunteers to 1) determine the best approach for effectively disseminating information after the conference (articles in the NALP Bulletin, a webinar, resource lists etc.) and 2) disseminate such information following the 2010 Professional Development Institute. Vice Chair: Liz Tingey, Andrews Kurth LLP

Lawyer/Law Student Professional Development Collaboration
In collaboration with the Law Student Professional Development section, develop and deliver programming on legal career development strategies for law students and lawyers from recruitment through retirement and assess the effectiveness of professional development courses/programs from a student's perspective/associate's perspective. This group will also 1) create education modules that can be customized for different audiences (pre-law students, law school students, and lawyers; or 2) conduct research on lawyer PD issues from recruitment through retirement. Vice Chair: Kris Butler, Holland & Knight and Meg Reuter, New York Law School (for the Law Student Professional Development Section)


2009-2010 Section Chair: Michele Bendekovic, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, michele.bendekovic@steptoe-johnson.com

April 2010 Board Report (PDF)

February 2010 Board Report (PDF)

November 2009 Board Report (PDF)

July 2009 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

Listserv Work Group
In light of the current restrictions put in place by many firms to minimize costs and the elimination of conference/travel budgets, this group will look for innovative ways to make the listserv a primary means of communication and knowledge sharing. Vice Chair: Justine Maury, Dykema Gossett PLLC

Transitions/Career Displacement Work Group
Many members of this section have direct responsibilities for implementing layoffs within their firms. This group will develop best practice guidelines on how to handle such difficult conversations and how to provide appropriate support following the conversation.

Webinar Work Group
This group will work on generating content/ideas for potential future webinars. Vice Chair: Kay Nash, Wiley Rein LLP

Lawyer Professional Development Best Practices
Develop a plan for producing materials annually that describe the best practices and other information related to the topic(s) presented at the annual Lawyer Development Institute. Materials may include guides (e.g., in booklet format), resource lists, Bulletin articles, or one or two-page topic summaries. Produce such materials following the 2009 Lawyer Development Institute. Vice Chair: Jeanne Picht, Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Lawyer/Law Student Professional Development Collaboration
In collaboration with the Law Student Professional Development section, use the findings of the professional development survey completed in 2008-2009 to develop a series of Bulletin articles on "bridge the gap" issues. Vice Chair: David Diamond, Northwestern University School of Law


2008-09 Section Chair: Kay Nash, Wiley Rein LLP, knash@wileyrein.com

2007-08 Section Chair: Cindy Lindsley, Thompson & Knight LLP, cynthia.lindsley@tklaw.com



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