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 May 2018 Issue

  • The Rise of a New Idea: Legal Operations
    By focusing on the core competencies required for effective legal operations, CLOC, its members, and others in the legal ecosystem are changing our industry in deep and permanent ways.
    by Connie Brenton

  • Building High-Performance Legal Teams: How In-house Legal Departments Are Re-engineering Value Via New Skillsets and Roles
    New client service models require lawyers to develop new competencies, especially the ability to collaborate effectively with other team members who have different skills and disciplines.
    by Susan Hackett

  • A New, Collaborative Model for Lawyer Professional Development
    This new model for lawyer professional development — far better aligned to the present and future than the old, divided responsibility model — is offered as a starting point for a revolution in talent development.
    by Scott A. Westfahl

  • Prevention Programs Work — Resilience Training Offers the Best Defense Against Problem Drinking and Substance Abuse
    In order for resilience training to make a difference in the health of a firm's lawyers, initiatives need to be ongoing and tied to a firm's strategic goals.
    by Mary Crane

  • What to Do When Morale Is Low
    Morale can be a delicate thing, but the more consistently you apply these strategies, the more likely you will build and sustain a high level of morale.
    by Dr. Larry Richard

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
  • Brad A. Sprayberry
  • Scott Westfahl
    Harvard Law School
  • Sheri Zachary
    Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • Board Liaison:
    Charles Curtis

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman 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®)
1220 19th Street NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20036-2405
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