In 1929, Eula Mae Jett, encouraged by a court clerk, her boss, and accompanied by a few other fellow secretaries, began the Long Beach Legal Secretaries Association. They issued an “Order to Show Cause Why You Should Not Join Long Beach Legal Secretaries Association” to all the local secretaries. It was the first association in the United States dedicated to the education of legal secretaries.
Since then the idea has grown into several large associations for paralegals, secretaries and other legal professionals all over the United States. LSI, Educating California’s Legal Professionals (“LSI“) was formed in 1934, which is made up of several chapters throughout the state of California.
In 2009, the members of Long Beach Legal Secretaries Association made the decision to change the association’s name to Long Beach Legal Professionals Association (“LBLPA”). As well as educating legal secretaries, our association has always offered educational opportunities to attorneys and paralegals; thus, members felt that the name should reflect that fact.
LBLPA conducts educational meetings every month, except July and December. Most meetings offer MCLE and CCLS continuing education credits. LBLPA also hosts several social events to enable networking and camaraderie.
Every year LSI holds four educational conferences hosted by the various local associations throughout the state of California. The opportunity for growth and networking is vast.