PD Quarterly

PD Quarterly

About 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. 

PD Quarterly is published four times a year (February, May, August, and November).

Subscriber Online Access & Archives

Beginning with the November 2014 issue (when NALP became publisher), PD Quarterly articles are searchable in an article archives here. Subscribers can also access past issues (beginning with the November 2014) issue that they have subscribed to in their Qmags personal archives (accessible through a link provided in the email announcing availability of each new issue).

In the November 2017 Issue

  • Professional Development for the Future Law Firm
    As lawyers apply their time, energy, and talent to different, higher-value activities in the near future, what are the implications for PD professionals in law firms and law schools?
    by Jordan Furlong

  • Strategic Planning: Principles and Practices for the PD Professional
    Strategic planning pays dividends many times over — from an increased sense of calm and control to the opportunity to make more meaningful contributions and elevate the role of PD within an organization.
    by Jody Rosen Knower

  • Venable Academy: Professional Development through Collaboration and Integration
    The Venable Academy format has proven highly effective at bringing together not only firm leaders but also other groups of lawyers and promoting greater integration and cooperation.
    by Andy Hales

  • Training That Sticks
    How can PD professionals increase the odds that lawyers will follow through with their goals after a training program? This article offers a roadmap of steps to take before, during, and after a program to avoid "one-day-wonders."
    by Steve Armstrong and Tim Leishman

  • Build Your Character: Nebraska Law Program Focuses on Professional Skill Development
    Learn how one law school has developed an innovative program (complete with app!) to articulate the professional skills it expects students to develop and to highlight places where students can learn them.
    by Molly M. Brummond

Subscription Rates

The yearly subscription rates for PD Quarterly are:

  • $150/year — Law schools, government agencies, and public interest organizations
  • $250/year — NALP or PDC members (not employed at a law school or public interest organization)
  • $350/year — Nonmembers employed by private organizations.

All subscriptions are for one year (four issues). To subscribe, complete and submit the PD Quarterly Subscription Form (PDF).

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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.

Article proposals, potential articles, and questions about these guidelines should be directed to:

  • Janet Smith
    Editor, PD Quarterly
    NALP Senior Editor

    1220 19th Street, NW, Suite 401
    Washington, DC 20036-2405

    (202) 835-1001

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.

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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
  • Andrew Hales
    Venable LLP
  • Stacey Kielbasa
    Chapman and Cutler LLP
  • Kay Nash
    Wiley Rein LLP
  • J.D. Neary
    McGuireWoods LLP
  • Beth Shackleford
    University of Georgia Law School
  • Kimberly Sheldrake-Head
    Torys LLP
  • Scott Westfahl
    Harvard Law School
  • Sheri Zachary
    Saul Ewing LLP


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

  • Christopher Brown
    Director of Meetings & Sponsorship, NALP
    (202) 835-1001
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