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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2018-19 Section Chair: Jeanette Forgey, Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C., jeanette.forgey@wolfgreenfield.com

July 2018 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 2019 Annual Education Conference, for the 2018 Professional Development Institute, topics for NALP Bulletin articles, and other topical presentations for Section members. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both.

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.

Best Practices in Lawyer PD/PD For the PD Professional
Expand best practices resources on the NALP website and on NALPconnect. Host webinars on PD best practices topics as well as member support programs (mentoring those new to the profession, sharing resources etc).

Membership/Development
Continue to strategize about ways of increasing membership in the Section and increasing collaboration with PDC.

Professional Identity Formation
Collaborate with the Law Student Professional Development Section and law school faculty to assist in the study of professional identity formation. Support the efforts of the Holloran Center at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, especially in environmental scanning of the PD programs of law schools and law firms.




2017-18 Section Chair
: Jennifer Gallinson, Much Shelist PC, jgallinson@muchshelist.com

April 2018 Board Report (PDF)
February 2018 Board Report (PDF)
November 2017 Board Report (PDF)
July 2017 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Education Work Group: Annual Education Conference/PDI/Bulletin
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2017 Annual Education Conference, for the 2017 Professional Development Institute, topics for NALP Bulletin articles, and other topical presentations for Section members. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both.

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

Best Practices in Lawyer PD/PD For the PD Professional
Expand best practices resources on the NALP website and on NALPconnect. Host webinars on PD best practices topics as well as member support programs (mentoring those new to the profession, sharing resources etc).

Membership/Development
Continue to strategize about ways of increasing membership in the Section. Consider greater collaboration with PDC.

Secondment Work Group
Consider the impact of secondments on lawyer PD. Develop best practices for managing secondments.


2016-17 Section Chair: Jennifer Gallinson, Much Shelist PC, jgallinson@muchshelist.com

April 2017 Board Report (PDF)
February 2017 Board Report (PDF)
November 2016 Board Report (PDF)
July 2016 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Education Work Group: Annual Education Conference/PDI/Bulletin
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2017 Annual Education Conference, for the 2017 Professional Development Institute, topics for NALP Bulletin articles, and other topical presentations for Section members. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both.

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

Best Practices in Lawyer PD/PD For the PD Professional
Expand best practices resources on the NALP website and on NALPconnect. Host webinars on PD best practices topics as well as member support programs (mentoring those new to the profession, sharing resources etc).

Membership/Development
Continue to strategize about ways of increasing membership in the Section. Consider greater collaboration with PDC.

Secondment Work Group
Consider the impact of secondments on lawyer PD. Develop best practices for managing secondments.


2015-16 Section Chair: Kara Dodson, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, karapeischl@gmail.com


2014-15 Section Chair: Maria Minor, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, mminor@ngelaw.com


2013-14 Section Chair: Molly Peckman, Dechert LLP


2012-2013 Section Chair: Molly Peckman, Dechert LLP


2011-2012 Section Chair: Kris Butler, Holland & Knight LLP


2010-2011 Section Chair: Gillian Murray, Bryan Cave LLP


2009-2010 Section Chair: Michele Bendekovic, Steptoe & Johnson LLP


2008-09 Section Chair: Kay Nash, Wiley Rein LLP

2007-08 Section Chair: Cindy Lindsley, Thompson & Knight LLP

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