In 1929, an idea was formed and initiated to gather together a group of legal secretaries in order to learn what was required in the preparation and filing of legal documents. By 1934, this idea blossomed and spread throughout the state of California, and in 1940, Legal Secretaries, Incorporated, (also known as LSI®) was formed as a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation.
In 2020 LSI changed its name to Legal Professionals, Incorporated, (LPI) to reflect our mission to serve all legal professionals of California.
LPI continues to grow by serving legal professionals including, secretaries, support staff, and lawyers throughout the state of California with a variety of programs and services:
- Continuing education and professional development
- Certification through the California Certified Legal Secretary (CCLS®) program
- Membership in the Legal Specialization Sections
- The Legal Secretary® (published quarterly)
- LPI Legal Professional’s Handbook (published by The Rutter Group)
- Law Office Procedures Manual (published by The Rutter Group)
- Networking with other legal professionals
- Membership benefits and discounts
- LPI is an MCLE provider.
With approximately 1,500 members and members-at-large and 32 local associations throughout the state of California, LPI is dedicated to educating legal secretaries and promoting high ethical standards among law office support staff in the legal community. LPI’s motto “Excellence through Education” is paramount in the goals and objectives of this organization.
Associations located throughout the state offer monthly educational and professional programs. Many sponsor lunchtime learning, evening and weekend long-term educational workshops.
Conferences are held May, August, November, and February at various locations throughout California, hosted by an LPI local association. Continuing educational seminars and workshops are offered at each conference conducted by respected attorneys, judges and educators. Updated materials are provided for every workshop.
For more information on LPI and the many opportunities available to members, please visit www.legalprofessionalsinc.org.
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LPI Code of Ethics
It shall be the duty of each member of Legal Secretaries, Incorporated, to observe all laws, rules and regulations now or hereafter in effect relating to confidentiality and privileged communication, acting with loyalty, integrity, competence, and diplomacy, in accordance with the highest standards of professional conduct.