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. In every issue leading experts in lawyer professional development, career development, and talent management present advanced-level content in core areas of lawyer PD — sharing research, best practices, lessons learned, and new developments in the field.

Published four times a year (February, May, August, and November), PD Quarterly is provided to NALP members as part of their annual membership fees. Non-member subscriptions are also available.

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In the Current Issue: February 2019

Bridging the "Practice-Readiness" Gap Through the Legal Externship Seminar by Kristen Uhl Hulse
Because an externship experience centers around how students navigate and develop legal and practical skills in a professional setting, it is an ideal time to engage in reflection to build self-awareness of strengths and motivations and to connect them to the realities of law practice.

Lawyer Human Factors by Marsha Hunter
If a lawyer is having trouble speaking and thinking well and reasoning through answers to questions, well-validated research tells us we should be turning our attention to the human factors of lawyering.

How to Get Lawyers to Work in Teams by Dr. Larry Richard
Building teams of lawyers that really work well is a very challenging proposition, but if you follow guidelines from the latest team science, you have an excellent chance of creating more profitable, successful, and enjoyable high-performing teams.

Game Changers? A Look at Recent MCLE Rule Changes by Joe Maguire and Cissy Rebich
One certainty is that MCLE regulators are innovating like never before. Reach out to them. They want to say yes to new approaches and ideas that help them advance their mission.

How Lawyers Can Improve as Professional (Legal) Writers by David Dolkas
A lawyer writes for professional readers — clients, judges, and other lawyers — and the writings submitted to those readers will determine perceptions of the lawyer's competence.

Article & Issue Archives

PD Quarterly articles are searchable in an article archives. Subscribers can also access past issues (beginning with the November 2014 issue) by clicking the "archive" icon that appears in the top navigation bar when reading an issue of PD Quarterly online.

Archive of Articles November 2014 - present

Archive of Past Issues August 1999 - August 2014

Subscription Information

All NALP members receive PD Quarterly as a member benefit. Non-members of NALP may subscribe to PD Quarterly by purchasing an annual subscription of $350/year (4 issues). Special discount subscription rates are available to employees of law schools, public interest organizations, and government agencies, and PDC members (who are not members of NALP) viewing the PD Quarterly subscription form (PDF).

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. 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.

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

Janet Smith
Editor, PD Quarterly
202) 835-1001

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
  • Emily Atkinson, Torys LLP
  • Stephanie Felder, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Andrew Hales, Venable LLP
  • Stacey Kielbasa, Chapman and Cutler LLP
  • Kay Nash, Wiley Rein LLP
  • Beth Shackleford, University of Georgia Law School
  • Brad A. Sprayberry, Gunster
  • Scott Westfahl, Harvard Law School
  • Sheri Zachary, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • Board Liaison: Charles Curtis, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP


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