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 February 2018 Issue

  • How and Why to Bring the Lawyer Well-Being "Movement" to Your Law Firm
    The ground-breaking report by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being highlights the great need to prioritize lawyer well-being and offers a roadmap for action.
    by Paula Davis-Laack and Patrick Krill

  • The Key to Law Student Well-Being? We Have to Love Our Law Students
    This article is an effort to close the gap in the care provided to law students — offering concrete suggestions to take each of us beyond merely agreeing that more needs to be done to making a commitment to action.
    by David B. Jaffe

  • Mindful and Resilient Lawyering: A New Approach to Thinking Like a Lawyer
    Change and uncertainty are creating increased stress in the legal profession. Building the capacity to "Think Differently" will help lawyers navigate through the new legal landscape.
    by Paula Davis-Laack and Anusia Gillespie

  • Brain Training for Academic Success
    Law schools have developed numerous approaches to teaching the substance of law and providing academic support, but few have studied how brain function and care impact performance.
    by Darby Dickerson

  • Innovative Mentoring Increases Diversity and Inclusion
    Firms that are trying more innovative, focused, and intense mentoring models are seeing positive benefits for their diversity and inclusion goals.
    by Ida O. Abbott

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


PD Quarterly offers both half-page and full-page digital advertising opportunities. Those interested in advertising should contact:

  • Christopher Brown
    Director of Meetings & Sponsorship, NALP
    (202) 835-1001
National Association for Law Placement, Inc.® (NALP®)
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