The first meeting of “Legal Secretaries of Fresno” was held April 2, 1936. Four legal secretaries were present: Helen Drennan, Mary Gilbert, Nellie Osborne and Helen Kawai. These four women had a goal – to share ideas and knowledge so that they, and others like them, could excel in the exciting and demanding world of law.

Over the years, our name changed from Legal Secretaries of Fresno, to Fresno Legal Secretaries Association, to Fresno County Legal Secretaries Association and, in 2004, to our current name, Fresno County Legal Professionals Association.

While our name has changed several times, our core vision has not. FCLPA is here to serve you in many different ways. We keep you informed of new laws, local court rules, and trends in the legal field through our monthly newsletter, Legal Link, and monthly meetings. To further our commitment to educate Fresno County’s legal professionals, we offer California State Bar approved MCLE and LPI California Certified Legal Secretary credits at several meetings and seminars each year.

Networking is a vital component to success in the business world today, and FCLPA and LPI offers you wonderful opportunities to do just that. Access to local and statewide phone directories and opportunities to attend quarterly and annual LPI statewide conferences will keep you connected and informed.

FCLPA also offers several ways our members may perform community outreach to support people in need of assistance. We have provided aid to organizations such as Share Our Strength, Fresno County Employment Resource Center, Fresno County Court Day Care, and the Community Food Bank.

Please join us in our efforts to achieve our objectives: to promote the highest ethical standards, to enrich and cultivate the knowledge of our communities’ legal professionals and to advance the professional interests of our members.

membership details

Chart your own course to success and take advantage of the opportunity to network. Improve your education level, hone your skills and obtain greater access to resources; join the Fresno County Legal Professional Association (”FCLPA”)

Our objective is to join people together to further the education of legal secretaries, paralegals, and other members of the legal community. We cooperate with attorneys, judges, and local bar associations in order to stimulate a high order of professional standards and ethics among those performing duties in the legal field. We encourage friendship, cooperation, and an exchange of ideas among members.

Membership Dues

Annual membership dues are $45. Dues are payable no later than May 31 of each year with a late payment of $5 after June 1.  Many attorneys will underwrite the cost of membership as they recognize that this investment in their employees’ careers will benefit the firm and greatly enhance the productivity of their legal support staff.

Membership in FCLPA Includes Many Benefits:

• Automatic MEMBERSHIP in Legal Secretaries, Inc.

• Monthly EDUCATIONAL MEETINGS with featured special guests.

• NETWORK with legal secretaries, paralegals, and other professionals working in the legal field.

• Access to FCLPA’s JOB BANK.

• Informational PUBLICATIONS:
*Monthly Newsletter – Legal Link
*Quarterly Magazine – The Legal Secretary
*Quarterly Newsletter – Legal Specialization Sections

•Offered at discounted rates:
*Legal Professional’s Handbook
*Law Office Procedures Manual
*Legal Secretary’s Reference Guide

• SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS available through LPI. FCLPA no longer offers scholarships.

• Opportunity to participate in Legal Specialization Sections of LPI – Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Family Law, Law Office Administration, Probate/Estate Planning, and Transactional Law. Each specialization section offers seminars and newsletters on specific areas of law. Seminars are presented at each LPI quarterly and annual conference without cost to LPI section members.

•COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES benefit local organizations.

*Individual and Family Medical Insurance
*Dental Plans
*Disablility Insurance
*Financial Planning
*Long Term Care Insurance and Planning
*Life Insurance
*401(k) Plans and Mutual Funds

• Other Benefits:
*Membership in Working Advantage
*First California Federal Credit Union
*Hertz Corporation
*Provident Central Credit Union
*LA Financial Credit Union

To become a member, just download the membership application below, fill it out and email it to one of our members listed below.




What Our members have to say

I have been a member of Fresno County Legal Professional Association (FCLPA) for over 15 years both as a member and Board member. FCLPA provides its members with a plethora of benefits:  educational seminars, member discounts, job bank, networking opportunities, and keeps its members updated with new Court rules and changes to the law. I believe employers have come to require that their staff be smart, educated and keep current with legal trends and new law. FCLPA provides this to its members all in one great package.

Fina Vinton

Legal Secretary


President: Sean A. Petersen. –

First Vice President: Dallin Woodruff –

Second Vice President: Kevin Moss –

Governor: Leanne Capuchin –

Secretary: Fina Vinton –

Treasurer: Melissa Gutierrez –

Director: David Schlotterback –

Director: Pamela Eurich –

Director: Janet Sheen –

Director: Deborah Jones –


Advertising: Dallin Woodruff

Bulletin: David Schlotterback & Sean Petersen.

CCLS: Kimberly R. Noble, CCLS

Job Bank: Kevin Moss

Day in Court: Pamela Eurich

Social Media: David Schlotterback

Legal Procedures:  Pamela Eurich

Membership: Dallin Woodruff

Professional Liason: Sean Petersen

Programs: Kevin Moss

Silent Auction: Leanne Capuchin

Parliamentarian: Sonia Mondragon

Ways & Means: TBA

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P.O. Box 25201
Fresno, CA 93729