PD Quarterly

PD Quarterly

About PD Quarterly

PD Quarterly is a digital journal that offers thoughtful, in-depth explorations of lawyer and law student professional development and talent management topics by PD people for PD people. 

PD Quarterly is published four times a year (February, May, August, and November).

Subscriber Online Access & Archives

Beginning with the November 2014 issue (when NALP became publisher), PD Quarterly articles are searchable in an article archives here. Subscribers can also access past issues (beginning with the November 2014) issue that they have subscribed to in their Qmags personal archives (accessible through a link provided in the email announcing availability of each new issue).

In the August 2017 Issue

  • Artificial Intelligence in the Law Firm: Implications for Professional Development Priorities and Practices
    Effective use of AI can increase the value a firm delivers to its clients while also accelerating attorney professional development. How should PD leaders leverage the potential of AI, and how can AI enhance PD programs?
    by Chris Boyd and Amy L. Halverson

  • Five Key Strategies for Partner Professional Development
    These five strategies recognize that successful partner professional development goes beyond individual development to focus on development of a lawyer's practice.
    by Kay Nash

  • Turbulent Times Lead to Meaningful Professional Development
    In the wake of an executive order on immigration, some of the associates on Lane Powell's pro bono team suddenly found themselves taking leadership roles in complex national legal issues.
    by Jill R. Long

  • First-Year Courses/Programs Focused on Professional Development and Professional Identity Formation: Many Flowers Are Blooming
    A "Gathering" of 40 law schools explored varying approaches being taken to first-year courses/programs focused on PD and professional formation, lessons being learned along the way, and possible next steps.
    by Jerome M. Organ

  • Tapping into the Desire for Career Resilience: Motivating Career Ownership
    As talent development leaders, we instinctively know that without career ownership, there can be no career resilience. But what does that really mean, and how are those qualities instilled?
    by Werten Bellamy

Subscription Rates

The yearly subscription rates for PD Quarterly are:

  • $150/year — Law schools, government agencies, and public interest organizations
  • $250/year — NALP or PDC members (not employed at a law school or public interest organization)
  • $350/year — Nonmembers employed by private organizations.

All subscriptions are for one year (four issues). To subscribe, complete and submit the PD Quarterly Subscription Form (PDF).

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Author Guidelines

NALP encourages you to consider becoming a contributor to a future issue of PD Quarterly! You can find information about submitting an article proposal here: PD Quarterly Author Guidelines (PDF). We also welcome your ongoing feedback.

Article proposals, potential articles, and questions about these guidelines should be directed to:

  • Janet Smith
    Editor, PD Quarterly
    NALP Senior Editor

    1220 19th Street, NW, Suite 401
    Washington, DC 20036-2405

    (202) 835-1001

Articles should provide information on subjects related to lawyer professional/career development and talent management that will be useful to persons who have primary responsibility in those areas for private law firms, corporate legal divisions, government agencies, law-related organizations, law schools, and consulting firms.

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Advisory Group

The PD Quarterly Advisory Group is made up of experts in the law student and lawyer professional development fields. The group provides insight and guidance on PD Quarterly's editorial direction.

  • Steve Armstrong
    Armstrong Talent Development
  • Andrew Hales
    Venable LLP
  • Stacey Kielbasa
    Chapman and Cutler LLP
  • Kay Nash
    Wiley Rein LLP
  • J.D. Neary
    McGuireWoods LLP
  • Beth Shackleford
    University of Georgia Law School
  • Kimberly Sheldrake-Head
    Torys LLP
  • Scott Westfahl
    Harvard Law School
  • Sheri Zachary
    Saul Ewing LLP


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    Director of Meetings & Sponsorship, NALP
    (202) 835-1001
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