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.
VR and AR — New Realities in Lawyer Development by Steve Gluckman
New technologies have the potential to greatly disrupt lawyer training. Two of these emerging technologies, virtual reality and augmented reality, have already appeared on the lawyer development stage and are even now making an impact.
Ten Steps to Competency Development by Jennifer Bluestein, Kathleen Dunn, and Andy Hales
Through the careful planning and employee participation outlined in this ten-step plan, PD professionals can drive the process of developing effective competency frameworks for lawyers or staff.
Reframing Vulnerability in the Legal Profession by Kay Nash and Rudhir Krishtel
Creating spaces for attorneys to be vulnerable without repercussion will shift the legal workplace toward being healthier — and, ultimately, more productive and sustainable.
Changing Concepts and Models of Mentoring by Ida O. Abbott
The familiar top-down, one-on-one model of mentoring is still valid, but in some situations and for some individuals these new concepts and models can address important needs.
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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.
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