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The Professional Development Consortium Announces First Competency Model for Legal Professional Development


PDC Media Contact: Amy Lotz
(703) 506-2027 |

November 17, 2014 (McLean, VA) The Professional Development Consortium (PDC) today announced the release of its first Competency Model developed specifically for Legal Professional Development practitioners. Through their own career development, Legal PD practitioners can contribute significantly to their organization’s success.

This Competency Model is designed to serve as a resource for Legal PD professionals interested in developing proficiency within each competency, from professionals just beginning their Legal PD careers to those at the more senior level.

The PDC Competency Model includes four core competency areas: 1) professionalism, 2) legal industry knowledge and functional expertise, 3) performance management and professional development, and 4) leadership management and organizational development.

“In 2015, the PDC will celebrate its 25th anniversary as the leading organization dedicated to the professional development of attorneys. PDC members have been the thought leaders on all fronts relating to attorney professional development, including the creation of benchmarks and competencies for attorneys. As our roles as Legal Professional Development leaders have evolved and grown over these 25 years, it’s only fitting that we create a Competency Model for ourselves. I offer sincere thanks to Kathleen Dunn, who shepherded this large effort, and to the dedicated members of the Competency Project Committee,” said James Lovelace, PDC Chair.

The Competency Model can be viewed on the PDC website.

About the Professional Development Consortium (PDC):
The PDC is a group of individuals working at law firms, law schools, government agencies and corporations who are responsible for creating and managing training and continuing professional development for lawyers and future lawyers. For more information, visit