Membership

Become a Member

You do not have to become a member to come to our meetings or enroll in our educational programs.  But we encourage you to join!  As a member, you will enjoy the benefits of discounts on our events and educational programs.  If you are just entering the legal work force, we offer scholarships.  You will also receive our monthly newsletter, The Hearsay, with information about jobs, changes in court rules, events and opportunities throughout our member organizations.

There are two categories of membership:

Full member:  You are eligible for full membership if you:  (1) have at least one year legal experience, including temporary or freelance work, in a law firm, trust department of a bank, or any public or private institution; and (2) have attended at least one SFLPA function.

Full members automatically become members of Legal Secretaries, Incorporated and get a free subscription to The Legal Secretary, LSI’s quarterly publication.

Associate member:  You are eligible to be an associate member if you are a student, a vendor, or have been employed in the legal field for less than one year.

Membership dues are only $45 for a full year, plus a one-time initiation fee for new members, for a total of $55, a price that cannot be beat for the Bay Area’s oldest and most established legal professionals organization.

Fillable forms for “first-time” applicants and membership “renewal” forms are available online under the “Forms” page.

Meetings

You are welcome at our meetings and events.  We hope you will come and learn firsthand about the benefits of being a part of San Francisco Legal Professionals Association.  Maybe you are a student, wondering what you will do when you get out of school and if legal work is the right career path for you.  Maybe you are just entering in the legal field and learning how to navigate.  Maybe you are a seasoned legal professional with years of experience and a bunch of great stories.  Or you may be somewhere in between.

We host meetings and events so that everyone can get together and share their unique perspectives.

Our General Membership meetings are held the third Tuesday evening quarterly.  We get together around 5:30 p.m. for networking and dinner, followed by a guest speaker.

Our Brown Bag lunch meetings are held the fourth Tuesday quarterly from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and include presentations and lunch on your own.

Both the General Membership and Brown Bag meetings take place at:

Law Offices of Altshuler Berzon, LLP
177 Post Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA  94108

If you would like to join us at a meeting, please let Christine Flores know, by phone at (415) 421-7151 or email at cflores@orrick.com.  Please check in with the receptionist when you arrive.

Our board meetings take place the first Tuesday evening quarterly at:

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If you would like to participate in a board meeting, please let Larry McGrew know.  If you have an item you would like the board members to discuss, please bring it to his attention prior to the meeting via email at lmcgrew@firstlegalnetwork.com.

What We Offer

San Francisco Legal Professionals Association (SFLPA) is one of nearly 40 chapters of Legal Secretaries, Incorporated (LSI), a California nonprofit mutual benefits organization.  We were founded in 1936 and incorporated in 1962.

Our members are legal assistants, paralegals, legal secretaries, legal administrators, legal employment consultants, banking/trust department personnel, attorneys, court clerks, and court reporters.

Full membership is available to anyone with:

  • A minimum of one year’s experience working in a law office or engaged in work of a legal nature, including temporary and/or freelance work;
  • Permanent employment in the legal field at the time of application;
  • Attendance at one SFLPA sponsored function; or
  • Sponsorship by an active member.

Students, vendors and individuals with less than one year of legal work experience may become Associate Members.

We host meetings with featured speakers, events, fundraisers and get-togethers with neighboring LSI chapters.  These are great opportunities for our members to network and meet legal professionals.

We post job openings before they are advertised to the general public.

Our members benefit from our many educational and professional development programs.  Many of our programs include continuing education credits: MCLE for attorneys and paralegals, and CCLS credits for California Certified Legal Secretaries.

We regularly update our members about court announcements, legal news and other important information.

Full members automatically become members of LSI, with access to a wide range of benefits, including discounts, insurance plans, Costco and credit union memberships, and job listings.

LSI also arranges for legal specialization sections and statewide quarterly and annual conferences.

We help members prepare to sit for the California Certified Legal Secretaries CCLS examination, which is given twice a year.