PD Quarterly

PDQ is a digital journal within the NALP Bulletin+ that offers thoughtful, in-depth explorations of lawyer and law student professional development and talent management topics by PD people for PD people. Published as a standalone journal from August 1999 through February 2021, PD Quarterly was rebranded PDQ in May 2021 and combined with the legacy NALP Bulletin brand to create Bulletin+. 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 monthly within Bulletin+, PDQ is provided to NALP members as part of their annual membership fees. Non-member subscriptions are also available.


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PDQ in the Current Issue of Bulletin+: January 2021


Work, Wellness, and Meaning: Reimagining Legal Education and the First 10 Years of Practice

by Janet Thompson Jackson

Putting greater emphasis on the well-being of law students is essential to changing the way we shape new lawyers and support them through their opening decade of practice. The road forward requires culture shifts in law schools and legal work environments.


Keeping Students Motivated for Bar Exam Success

by Lyssa L. Thaden, Kimberly Wolenberg, and Camesha Little
While the future may be changing with the NextGen Bar Exam, the future is now for today’s law students and anyone who takes the bar exam before any changes are officially made. Research shows that enhancing study in areas related to time and mindset can increase the odds of bar passage.



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


Advisory Group

The PDQ Advisory Group is made up of experts in the law student and lawyer professional development fields. The group provides insight and guidance on PDQ's editorial direction.

  • Michele Bendekovic, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
  • Stephanie Felder, McGuire Woods LLP
  • Stacey Kielbasa, Chapman and Cutler LLP
  • Kay Nash, Wiley LLP
  • Michelle Nash, Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Reva Pollack, Ice Miller LLP
  • Shahrzad Poormosleh, Southwestern Law School
  • Scott Westfahl, Harvard Law School
  • Sheri Zachary, Saul, Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • Board Liaison: Alison Ashe-Card, Wake Forest University School of Law

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