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.


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In the Current Issue: May 2020


Recognizing and Preventing Burnout in the Legal Profession by Paula Davis-Laack

Burnout is closely linked to errors, turnover, reductions in work hours, and lower client satisfaction. Paula Davis-Laack suggests strategies PD professionals can use to prevent burnout in themselves and others.

Increasing Access and Credibility Using Systems and Data by Evan Parker
With systems and data, PD teams can foster equitable advancement opportunities that result in higher-quality associate classes and increased retention across all demographics within the firm.

Learning in a Large Law Firm: Moving to a Centralized PD Model by Andy Hales
A centralized Professional Development and Training Department for both lawyers and staff was barely on Venable's radar just a few years ago. Today, in its third year, the combined department has improved effectiveness as well as efficiency.

Leading Across Cognitive Differences by Carrie J. Fletcher
Effectively bridging cognitive differences and teaching others to do the same yields better leaders, better organizations, and reduced cognitive bias.

Valuing the Quiet Ones: How PD Professionals Can Help Introverted Lawyers Shine Their Light by Valerie L. Fitch
We owe it to our profession to help introverted lawyers find their voices and to address the misunderstandings and implicit biases that often surround introverted lawyers.


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
NALP
202) 835-1001
jsmith@nalp.org


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

Jay Richards
Senior Director for Operations, Member Services, and Meetings
NALP
(202) 835-1001
jrichards@nalp.org

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