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: August 2018

Innovating in Training by Kelli Dunaway
How can we help turn an industry mired in precedent into one embracing and creating new ways of lawyering? Here is how one firm’s Business Academy has taken on that challenge.

The Missing Ingredient: How to Use Liminal Thinking to Enhance Lawyer Learning by Donna M. Branca, Jon Krop, and Sheri M. Zachary
Taking a liminal thinking approach to the delivery of professional development programs and coaching can potentially increase the learning of lawyers and law students.

The Rules of Retail for a First-Year Performer by Werten Bellamy
This open letter to first-year associates taps into the rules of retail to offer advice for success. Readers have permission to share this article with their new associates and law students.

Each Law Student Must Take Increasing Ownership Over Professional Development During Law School by Neil W. Hamilton and Jerome M. Organ
A competency-based curriculum that shifts responsibility from the teachers to the learners would greatly benefit law students, faculty and staff, legal employers, clients, and the legal system.

Retain Your Talent: Offer On-Ramping Programs to Support Lawyers Who Take Parental Leave by Manar S. Morales and Sejal M. Shah
Talent management professionals play a key role in ensuring that both their law firms and their firms’ new parents gain maximum benefits from the firms’ on-ramping programs.

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
  • 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
  • Kimberly Sheldrake-Head, Torys LLP
  • 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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Christopher Brown
Director of Meetings and Sponsorship
(202) 835-1001

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