The Professional Development Consortium (PDC) was established in August 1990 to meet the needs of individuals working in-house at law firms, government agencies and corporations who are charged with the responsibility of developing and administering training and continuing professional development for lawyers.
The goals of the PDC are:
The following individuals are eligible for membership in the PDC:
Membership is associated with the individual member and not with the member's firm. The only exceptions to this rule are the ABA Center for CLE, the Practising Law Institute, ALI-ABA and its affiliate AILTO, where membership is associated with the organization and not the individual member. Except as noted above, members may attend meetings, vote, nominate officers and members of the Board, and serve as an officer or member of the Board.
Effective March 2007, individuals who derive their primary source of income from a consulting practice will not be eligible for membership.
PDC members who leave their positions to become a consultant or other non-PDC-eligible positions are not eligible to retain their PDC membership.
Effective May 1, 2012, the membership dues are the following:
Membership dues are collected annually and due by May of each year, payable by check or online by credit card. Any member who has not paid dues by June 1, 2012 will be removed from both website access and the listserve.
Application for Membership
Membership applications will be reviewed by the PDC Membership Committee which is comprised of two Board members and one member at large. The PDC Membership Committee receives, reviews, and makes membership recommendations to the PDC Board. The PDC Board makes all final decisions regarding membership applications.
Prospective new members are asked to complete a new member form describing their training and development responsibilities within their organization (attached). Membership applications are reviewed at specific times during the year and the timing of these review cycles is as follows:
|Review Cycle 1||Review Cycle 2*||Review Cycle 3||Review Cycle 4*|
|Application Deadline|| on or by
| on or by
|on or by
|on or by
|Decisions Announced||on or by
|on or by
|on or by
|on or by
|Dues Owed||$200 on or
by May. 31
|$150 on or
by Aug 31
|$100 on or
by Nov. 30
|$50 on or
by Feb. 28
* Review Cycle 2 and 4 are intended to precede the semi-annual conferences, which are typically held in the January/February and July/August timeframes. Cycle 2 and 4 application review dates may change depending on timing of conferences. Applications received after the application deadlines specified above will be held for the next application review cycle.
|Join the PDC
Complete our online application for membership.
Participation in PDC Meetings
As noted above, participation in PDC conferences is open to all members. If a member is not able to attend a PDC conference, the member may not have a non-member firm representative attend the meeting in his or her stead.
Recognizing that PDC members may have individuals on their training and development staff whom they wish to mentor and develop, but who do not meet the PDC criteria for membership, members may request a special invitation with the Conference Planning Committee Chairperson for a staff member to accompany the member to a meeting. The Chairperson will then seek final approval from the Board. PDC members may also request a special invitation for a partner, who is involved in firm training, but who does not meet the criteria for membership because a small portion of the partner's professional time is devoted to these responsibilities, to accompany them to a meeting, space allowing.