This section honors San Diego County's outstanding Legal Secretaries of 2009, who were chosen by an independent panel based on Team Player Attitude, Substantive Knowledge, Technical & Computer Savvy, Public Relations & Personality, and Professionalism.
The San Diego Legal Secretaries Association (SDLSA) is a nonprofit, mutual benefit corporation formed as an organization for the further education of those engaged in the legal secretarial field. It is a chapter member of Legal Secretaries Inc. (LSI), a California corporation comprised of over 3,500 members throughout California. SDLSA encourages friendship, cooperation and an exchange of ideas among its members. SDLSA strives to pursue and stimulate a high order of professional standards in the legal profession, pursuant to the following Code of Ethics:
If you were to ask any of the busy employees of Exclusively Legal, a well-known legal placement service operating in San Diego for the last 20 years, "What is the greatest need in the legal field today?" the unanimous answer would be "legal secretaries." Our most consistent order, even in these uncertain economic times, is for qualified legal secretaries to fill positions that are vital to the function of any law firm or corporate legal department.
The San Diego Legal Secretaries Association (SDLSA) membership count has just tipped the scales at just over 200. While this number is impressive, there are many more legal secretaries in our community that could benefit from joining our association.
Being a California Certified Legal Secretary has helped me in my career, especially when I had to change jobs. After being in construction defect litigation for more than 25 years, I moved into the intellectual property field with absolutely no experience in IP. Being a CCLS, the firm knew I could research and retain the required information in my new field.
Fish & Richardson, the largest intellectual property firm in the world, has a strong foundation of promoting diversity. Fish's diversity initiative encourages gender and ethnic diversity among the firm and the legal profession. The firm-wide initiative works hard to attract a diverse population to Fish and is committed to the recruitment and advancement of the most talented and qualified people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation.