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 2020

Talk to Me: Fostering a New Feedback Culture by Allison Friend

It's time to modernize the outdated annual review and provide prompt feedback on what lawyers, associates, and other staff really want to know: What am I doing well, where can I grow, and what's my career path?

The Role of Professional Development in Managing Senior Partner Retirement by Ida O. Abbott
Issues related to partner retirement are increasingly important to a firm's overall talent management process, and this is an area where PD can make major contributions with a relatively small amount of time and effort.

Common Threads Across Increasingly Common Required First-Year Courses/Programs Focused on Professional Development by Jerome M. Organ
More than 60 law schools now have required, first-year courses/programs focusing on professional development. What are some of the common threads across the syllabuses of these varied courses/programs?

The Competency Continuum on Teamwork and Team Leadership: Aligning Law School Curriculum with Law Firm Needs by Neil W. Hamilton
Law schools and law firms need to work together to develop Milestone continuum models, such as these teamwork and team leadership models, for each of the competencies that firms want.

Building a Resilient Professional Development Team by Paula Davis-Laack and Scott A. Westfahl
Interesting new research in building resilient teams is particularly applicable to PD teams who face increased stress and pressure in their daily roles.

Unexpected Inclusion by Kate Kerr
To create an inclusive culture where we break down barriers of in-group and out-group, we need to tackle the challenge on multiple fronts, including the one between lawyers and everyone else.

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
  • 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: Timm Whitney, Covington & Burling LLP


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