Who We Are

Desert Palm Legal Professionals Association (DPLPA) is a local charter of Legal Secretaries, Inc. (LSI), originally chartered in 1953 and rechartered in 1996. We offer educational and professional programs to the Desert’s legal professionals, to include legal secretaries, paralegals, attorneys, court clerks, support staff, and students. Anyone in the legal profession or interested in the legal profession is invited to participate in our programs and general meetings.

 

Who is LSI

With approximately 1,500 members and members-at-large and 32 local associations throughout the state of California, LSI is dedicated to educating legal secretaries and promoting high ethical standards among law office support staff in the legal community. LSI’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 educational workshops.

Conferences are held May, August, November, and February at various locations throughout California, hosted by an LSI 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.

 

History 

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 the new millennium, LSI continues to grow by serving legal secretaries as well as law office and court support staff with a variety of programs and services through its local associations.

DPLPA began as a chartered member of LSI in 1953. Over time, legal secretaries expanded their duties and responsibilities in the law office. Many California legal secretaries took advantage of further education and certifications such as Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) and the current California Certified Legal Secretary (CCLS) available through LSI. The law office typically includes secretaries, paralegals, file clerks and receptionists that all do their part for the support and success of the attorneys and firm. So it was not surprising that at some point, members of DPLPA elected to change its name to Desert Palm Legal Professionals Association in an effort to include all law office professionals.


 

CODE OF ETHICS

Members of LSI and DPLPA adhere to the LSI Code of Ethics which is dedicated to a LSI Past President, Joan M. Moore, PLS, CCLS and reads as follows:

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.