Andy Hales, Vice President of Development & Training at Venable LLP, met with Craig Miller over videoconference to discuss his unique position heading firm-wide training at Venable, and Venable’s successful use of a centralized professional development and training model. Their recent conversation also covers support networks the firm has adopted in response to the nationwide civil rights demonstrations. Andy’s insights will be illuminating and instructive for all working on attorney and law firm staff development.

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Craig Miller is PLI’s Senior Vice President for Membership and Accreditation. He leads the customer-facing teams at PLI and is responsible for product strategy and accreditation. Prior to joining PLI in 2017, Craig held leadership positions at ProQuest and Thomson Reuters.


In the first remote PD Insider interview, Jim Lovelace, Director of Talent Development at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, spoke with Craig Miller about maintaining consistent and compassionate leadership with a newly-displaced team. Their 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.

Jennifer Bluestein

Jennifer Bluestein, Chief Talent Officer at Perkins Coie, visited PD Insider to address one of the leading issues facing PD teams: ensuring new associates find their footing and excel at a large law firm. In her lively conversation with Craig Miller, Jennifer expands on many of the concepts explored in her bestselling PLI Press title, An Associate's First Year: A Guide to Thriving at a Law Firm, sharing well-tested best practices and valuable insights for helping your new associates begin a successful career.

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