Events Calendar

Below you will find information on upcoming conferences, classes and webinars.

Also check out our Local Association Events page for events running at your local LSA or LPA.

Formatting Pleadings and Discovery – May 12, 2021

Presenter: Vanessa Buffington

Our work product is a reflection of our knowledge, skills and work ethic. This one hour webinar will provide you with the tools to properly format pleadings and discovery that will give you, your attorney, and your firm the image of professionalism and excellence.

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Life in the Emotional Trenches: The Joys and Challenges of Providing Legal Support Services in Family-Law Related Cases – May 13, 2021


12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Panel Discussion Presented by: Attorney Celeste E. Liversidge, Founder of TruAdopt Law and Matthew Kessler, Legal Assistant, TruAdopt Law

Celeste E. Liversidge

Celeste E. Liversidge, Esq. is the founder of Adoption Law Group and a non-profit law firm, TruAdopt Law, where she provides legal services to birth/expectant mothers considering adoption. Celeste earned her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Westmont College, and has served on numerous boards and as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law. 

Celeste is also a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption and Reproduction Attorneys and the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers, a member of the Christian Adoption Legal Services and National Council For Adoption, and the founder of AdoptMatch and AdoptConnect, two technology-based start-ups that connect birth and adoptive families.

Matthew Kessler

Matt earned his law degree from Cardiff University in 2018, and completed his BA at Gustavus Adolphus College, where he studied Philosophy and English. In addition to his role as a legal assistant, he is training as a mediator at the Department of Consumer Business and Affairs. Matt is an enthusiastic team member who is excited to be doing meaningful legal work helping people through their adoption journey.

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Communicating and Working with Opposing Counsel – May 14, 2021

Presenter: Vanessa Buffington

Oftentimes we are tasked to work with opposing counsel regarding various legal matters. This webinar will assist legal staff with learning how to communicate effectively with opposing counsel, their staff and the various tasks and objectives one can be expected to undertake.

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Ex Parte Applications – May 18, 2021

Presenter: Vanessa Buffington

This webinar will go over the process of ex parte applications in the California Superior Court. This presentation will provide you with a guide to prepare the application and supporting documents, filing, serving and preparing your attorney to attend the hearing.

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Microsoft Word Table of Authorities – May 19, 2021

Note: This is the same webinar as May 4, 2021. Choose the date that works best for you!

Presenter: Marni Beach

Join us as we dive into Microsoft Word’s Table of Authorities and create your next TOA with confidence!

Mark citations, create short cites, utilize categories, generate and format your final TOA, troubleshooting tips and more!

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87th Annual Meeting of Delegates and Board of Governors Meeting – May 22-23, 2021

Hybrid Conference

Join us at the Sacramento Hilton Arden West or on ZOOM!

Registration for the conference itself is free. There are some optional luncheon options below if you are attending in person.

Registration for In-Person Attendance is Limited to 50 Persons. COVID-19 Protocols Will be Enforced in the Meeting Room.

MASKS ARE REQUIRED AND WELLNESS CHECKS/SCREENINGS WILL BE CONDUCTED. PERSONS WHO DO NOT OBSERVE SAFETY PROTOCOLS OR REFUSE TO WEAR A MASK WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE MEETING ROOM AND ASKED TO PARTICIPATE VIRTUALLY.

Friday Night Virtual Vendor Party

Using Zoom for your Local Association Meetings – May 26, 2021 – FREE

This class will be a more in-depth look on using Zoom specifically for your local association meetings, including showing an on-demand webinar; using breakout rooms; voting; and reports.

Available for LPI members only.

If you have any specific questions prior to this class, you may email them to cec@legalprofessionalsinc.org.

Understanding the Value of Estate Planning and the Probate Administration Process – May 27, 2021

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Presented by: Andrew J. Dignan, Esq., Attorney at Berliner Cohen LLP

Andrew Dignan is an estate planning attorney at the Modesto office of the Berliner Cohen law firm. Andrew specializes in drafting trusts to avoid probate administration and counseling trustees and personal representatives in trust and probate administration.

Andrew received both his law degree and civil engineering degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Excluding the years, he attended UC Berkeley, he has lived in Modesto his whole life.


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Microsoft Word Style Basics – June 1, 2021

This event is the same as the event on June 16, 2021.  Choose the date that works for you!

Presenter: Marni Beach

Join us as we dive into Word Styles Basics and make your frustration from manually formatting documents disappear!

Explore Word’s built in themes, learn to identify, create and modify styles, format and edit your documents quickly and efficiently, work magic with the format painter… and more!

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#SocialMediaHighFive – Using Social Media to Market Your Association and Events – June 2, 2021 – FREE

This class will have a hands-on portion and it is recommended (not mandatory) that you have a second device available or be able to do a split screen on your computer; and you should have an account on any social media platform, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter.

Available for LPI members only.

If you have any specific questions prior to this class, you may email them to socialmedia@legalprofessionalsinc.org.

Legal Ethics: The Most Recent Developments – June 3, 2021

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Presented by: Alison P. Buchanan

Alison Buchanan is a shareholder with Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc., in San Jose, California, where she serves as the firm’s General Counsel and chairs the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group.

Alison focuses her practice on business litigation, professional liability, and legal ethics. She has tried numerous business litigation, legal malpractice defense, and employment discrimination cases to verdict.

Alison is a Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law, as certified by the State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization. She is a founding member of the Ethics Committee for the California Lawyers Association, serving as the Vice Chair of Publications. From 2011 to 2014, Alison served a three-year appointment to the California State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct
(COPRAC). She previously served a four-year appointment to the State Bar’s Legal Malpractice Law Advisory Commission.


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Everybody’s Favorite: Table of Contents and Authorities – June 8, 2021

Presenter: Vanessa Buffington

No more cutting and pasting from briefs! This one-hour webinar will take you step by step, through the process of creating and generating a table of contents and authorities using Word.

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Microsoft Word Style Basics – June 16, 2021

This event is the same as the event on June 1, 2021.  Choose the date that works for you!

Presenter: Marni Beach

Join us as we dive into Word Styles Basics and make your frustration from manually formatting documents disappear!

Explore Word’s built in themes, learn to identify, create and modify styles, format and edit your documents quickly and efficiently, work magic with the format painter… and more!

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Expert Discovery – June 23, 2021

Presenter: Vanessa Buffington

Trial time is upon you and the list of expert witnesses has been exchanged. How in the world are you going to get records, set the expert’s deposition and get them to appear at trial? This webinar will go over topics such as deadlines for expert discovery, keeping track of and working with multiple experts, setting depositions and more.

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CCLS On-line Study Group Registration – June 24, 2021 – September 2, 2021 – FREE!

If you are interested in studying for the California Certified Legal Secretary (“CCLS”) Exam,** join LPI’s CCLS On-Line Study Group.  During the classes, all topics covered in the CCLS exam will be reviewed (see CCLS Information Kit on LPI website for a description of the sections of the exam).

Lectures (MP4) and materials will be posted no later than 7 pm on Sundays.  Students may complete the material at their convenience.  Access information will be provided upon enrollment in the classes.

Individual modules for each section of the CCLS Study Group are available!

If you only need to study for a few sections, you may purchase individual modules for immediate upload at any time during the then-current Study Group class.  You may also purchase all sections if you would prefer to study at your own pace.

Reminder – all material is intended for individual use only, and not for local association study groups

Students will be provided with homework and handouts.  Students are responsible for providing their own Law Office Procedures Manual, The Gregg Reference Manual (11th Ed.), California Style Manual (4th Ed.), The Redbook by Bryan A. Garner, and Pocket Guide to Legal Ethics, NO LATER THAN the start of the classes.  Students are also encouraged to have the CCLS Study Guide.

Materials will be available to registered participants through the date of the next regularly scheduled CCLS Exam following the then-current Study Group session.

**All examinees must meet eligibility guidelines outlined in the CCLS Information Kit on LPI’s website.

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