19 episodes

PD Insider, an original series brought to you by the Practising Law Institute, brings you insights from the leading voices in law firm Professional Development. Hosted by PLI’s Craig Miller, PD Insider features conversations with experts on timely topics and trends in professional development and the law.

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PD Insider, an original series brought to you by the Practising Law Institute, brings you insights from the leading voices in law firm Professional Development. Hosted by PLI’s Craig Miller, PD Insider features conversations with experts on timely topics and trends in professional development and the law.

    Supporting and Retaining Mid-Level Associates, with Jennifer Bluestein

    Supporting and Retaining Mid-Level Associates, with Jennifer Bluestein

    Jennifer Bluestein of Perkins Coie returns to PD Insider to discuss her strategies for maximizing mid-level associate performance, which is the focus of her latest book, Stepping It Up: A Guide for Mid-Level Law Firm Associates from PLI Press.  Jennifer helps shed light on the specific challenges mid-levels face and shares expert insights on how PDs can address these challenges to help the attorney and the firm thrive – especially as we pass the one-year anniversary of remote work for many law firm offices.


    This podcast is produced by PLI, the Practising Law Institute, for PLI's PD Center. For videos and other resources tailored to the professional development community, please visit pli.edu/PDCenter.

    • 20 min
    Maintaining and Prioritizing Wellness Initiatives, with Diane Costigan and Don Smith

    Maintaining and Prioritizing Wellness Initiatives, with Diane Costigan and Don Smith

    Diane Costigan of Winston & Strawn and Don Smith of Crowell & Moring, unpack their approaches to maintaining and prioritizing wellness initiatives at law firms over the last year. 


    This podcast is produced by PLI, the Practising Law Institute, for PLI's PD Center. For videos and other resources tailored to the professional development community, please visit pli.edu/PDCenter.

    • 28 min
    How Law School Faculty and Legal Employers Collaborate to Produce Practice Ready Graduates, with Kristen Uhl Hulse

    How Law School Faculty and Legal Employers Collaborate to Produce Practice Ready Graduates, with Kristen Uhl Hulse

    Kristen Uhl Hulse, of the Sturm College of Law, discusses the collaboration between law school faculty and legal employers to produce practice-ready graduates. Kristen also shares how her background in PD has informed her work with law students and employers, and her success in directing Sturm's innovative externship program.


    This podcast is produced by PLI, the Practising Law Institute, for PLI's PD Center. For videos and other resources tailored to the professional development community, please visit pli.edu/PDCenter.

    • 21 min
    Improving the Performance of Underperforming Partners, with Sharon Abrahams

    Improving the Performance of Underperforming Partners, with Sharon Abrahams

    Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, of Legal Talent Advisors LLC, discusses best strategies for supporting and coaching under-performing partners. Using her extensive industry experience, she explores the complex ways of measuring partner performance and offers candid and actionable advice based on her own success with coaching at a wide range of top law firms.


    This podcast is produced by PLI, the Practising Law Institute, for PLI's PD Center. For videos and other resources tailored to the professional development community, please visit pli.edu/PDCenter.

    • 19 min
    The Centralized Learning Model in the Large Law Firm, with Andy Hales

    The Centralized Learning Model in the Large Law Firm, with Andy Hales

    Andy Hales, Vice President of Development & Training at Venable LLP, discusses his unique position heading firm-wide training at Venable, and Venable’s successful use of a centralized professional development and training model. Andy also covers support networks the firm has adopted in response to the nationwide civil rights demonstrations.


    This podcast is produced by PLI, the Practising Law Institute, for PLI's PD Center. For videos and other resources tailored to the professional development community, please visit pli.edu/PDCenter.

    • 26 min
    Coaching to Address Needs Created by the Pandemic, with Jim Lovelace

    Coaching to Address Needs Created by the Pandemic, with Jim Lovelace

    Jim Lovelace, Director of Talent Development at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, discusses maintaining consistent and compassionate leadership with a newly-displaced team. This discussion highlights the present-day challenges facing PD teams against the backdrop of COVID-19 and evergreen insights to enable successful coaching and management practices at your firm.


    This podcast is produced by PLI, the Practising Law Institute, for PLI's PD Center. For videos and other resources tailored to the professional development community, please visit pli.edu/PDCenter.

    • 23 min

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