Submit a Proposal for the 2019 Professional Development Institute

NALP invites you to submit a proposal for the 2019 Professional Development Institute (PDI), which will be held December 5-6 in Washington, DC. PDI will deliver timely and substantive programming for all involved in lawyer and law student training and professional development. Submitting a proposal is your opportunity to demonstrate your expertise to the legal professional development audience and to share your best practices with your peers. The deadline for proposal submissions is March 31.

NALP Updates Recruiting Guidance

On December 12, 2018, NALP announced its new Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process. The new Principles recognize that NALP's member organizations are diverse and their needs are varied but that they share a common commitment to diversity, access, and fairness. The former timing guidelines have been replaced by guidelines that emphasize reasonableness. The new Principles emphasize that all recruitment activities should be scheduled to minimize interference with students' academic work, and that the legal profession should be accessible to all individuals on a non-discriminatory basis, free of harassment. They continue to promote good judgment from law schools, candidates, and employers. The Principles provide guidance that schools and employers can use to formulate their own ethical recruiting practices. The new Principles and supporting materials can be found at

Lighting the Way in San Diego

NALP is Lighting the Way in beautiful San Diego! Start the New Year right and register for the 2019 Annual Education Conference on April 9-12, 2019. Plan to arrive on Tuesday, April 9 for the Welcome Reception and First Look at the Resource Center and stay through Friday, April 12 to enjoy every minute of our stellar educational programming and exciting networking opportunities. Coaching courses are available this year, as are two additional pre-conference workshops, one on Mental Health First Aid and one on Avoiding Landmines in the #MeToo Era — space will be limited in these sessions. Conference registration is now open so secure your spot today!

NALP 2018 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms Now Available

NALP's newly released 2018 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms shows that while women, minorities, and LGBT lawyers made gains in overall representation at major U.S. law firms in 2018 compared with 2017, representation of Black/African-Americans among associates remains below pre-recession numbers. Also noteworthy is that the presence of women among associates has finally returned to its pre-recession level.

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