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 and law student 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.

Current Issue Archives Subscription

In the Current Issue: February 2021

Applying Adaptive Leadership Principles at Law Firms by Scott A. Westfahl and Farayi Chipungu

Exploring five concepts that can help law firm leaders improve the ability for individual lawyers and teams to thrive during periods of crisis.

‘Deep Coaching’: Untangling the Most Difficult Knots by Bonny J. Forrest
Applying psychological frameworks to help high-achieving performers get unstuck and move forward.

Law School Professional Development for the COVID Era by Elisabeth Beal and Shahrzad Poormosleh
Learning from five law schools who transitioned existing professional development content to a virtual format and built new content to meet the challenged presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Building Resiliency: Helping Those Who Help Lawyers by Alvin L. Rosser and Grace E. Stilger
How to help Business Services professionals build resiliency during uncertain times.

Professional Development in a Pandemic: Pivots, Problems, and Progress by Fiona Trevelyan Hornblower and Jennifer Mandery
Insights on the industry's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest, and economic downturn of 2020.

Turning the Page on a New Chapter for PD Quarterly by James G. Leipold
Announcing an upcoming change to the publishing format of PD Quarterly as part of NALP's 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2021.

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:

Andrew Parker
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.

  • Michele Bendekovic, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
  • Reva Pollack, Ice Miller LLP
  • Shahrzad Poormosleh, Southwestern 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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Jay Richards
Senior Director for Operations, Member Services, and Meetings
(202) 835-1001

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