LPI Local Chapter Spotlight: Desert Palm LPA


Location:         Palm Springs, CA

Chartered:       1961


In 1929, an idea was formed and implemented to gather together a group of legal secretaries in order to share information and learn how to prepare and file legal documents. By 1934, this idea blossomed and spread throughout the State of California and in 1940, Legal Secretaries, Incorporated (LSI) was formed.  In the new millennium, LSI (now LPI — a change made to encompass all legal professionals, not just legal secretaries) continues to grow by serving legal professionals in all capacities through a variety of programs and services in conjunction with local associations like DPLPA.

DPLPA began as a chartered member of LSI in 1961. 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 LPI. 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 recognize and include all law office professionals.


Current Board:

President – Kathleen Gorham

Vice President – Open Position

Secretary – Open Position

Treasurer – Open Position

Governor – Erica Garduño

Parliamentarian – Amy Mann





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