Past Speakers & Topics

Mt. Diablo Legal Professionals Association strives to provide excellent speakers on a variety of topics relating to the legal field. We also try to offer MCLE and CCLS credits at as many meetings as possible.

To give you an idea of the quality of speakers and presentations you can expect as a member of our association, below is a list of past speakers and topics

3/2023 – Rod Cardinale, Jr. Topic: Benefits of Membership in LPI

2/2023 – Angela Jae Chun, Esq. Topic: Discovery Do’s and Don’ts (Webinar)

1/2023 – Mary Lou Floyd, CCLS, and Carolina Ramos, CCLS. Topic: Changes in the Law and Forms: State and Federal

11/2022 – David Samani, Esq. Topic: Conveying the Point: Using Citations Effectively and Correctly (Webinar)

10/2022 – Don Fritsch. Topic: International Service of Process

9/2022 – Mary Lou Floyd, CCLS. Topic: Criminal Process-The Basics

8/2022 – Summer Break

7/2022 – Lynne Prescott, CCLS. Topic: Waiting to Exhale-It’s Ok Not To Be Ok

6/2022 – Paul DeAngelis, Esq. Topic: Real Estate 101 (Webinar)

5/2022 – Andrea M. Leavy, Esq. Topic: Child Custody, Visitation, and Support Issues During COVID-19 (Webinar)

4/2022 – Prof. Beverly Meyers. Topic: Analysis of the George Floyd Murder Conviction.

3/2022 – Mary Lou Floyd, CCLS, and Carolina Ramos, CCLS. Topic: Changes in the Law – State and Federal.

2/2022 – Don Fritsch. Topic: Service by Publication.

1/2022 – Ashod Mooradian, Esq. Topic: “Can I Do That” – Unauthorized Practice of Law in California

12/2021 – Annual Holiday Party

11/2021 – Brian Skarbek, Esq. Webinar Topic: Unlawful Detainers – Residential.

10/2021 – Lisa M. Cox, Paralegal.  Webinar Topic:
Motion Practice

9/2021 – Alison P. Buchanan, Esq. Webinar Topic:
Ethics Updates for Legal Professionals

8/2021 – No meetings in August. Enjoy your Summer! 

7/2021 – Nicole Lewis, Esq. Topic: Handling Stress in the Workplace.

6/2021 – Ashod Mooradian, Esq.  Topic: The California Paraprofessional Program Working Group: The Paralegal of the Future.

5/2021 – Erin Joyce, Esq. Topic: How To Avoid A State Bar Complaint.

4/2021 – Lynne Prescott, President of LPI. Topic: Benefits of Membership, Especially During Covid.

3/2021 – Lita Abella, Esq. Topic: Wellness Strategies for Legal Professionals in 2021

2/2021 – Tom Plunkett. Topic: Identification and Preservation of Electronically Stored Information

1/2021 – Lorraine Walsh, Esq. Topic: An Overview of the California Mandatory Fee Dispute Arbitration Program

11/2020 – Anthony Capozzola, Esq. and Norah Mutuma. Topic: Hiring Strategies In The Current Climate

10/2020 – Round-Table Discussion.

9/2020 – Lorraine Walsh, Esq. Topic: How to Become a Lawyer Without Going to Law School: The Law Study Program.

3/2020 thru 8/2020 – No speakers due to Covid-19.

2/2020 – Allison Young, Archer Hall. Topic: Cell Phone Forensics.

1/2020 – Galia Aharoni Schmidt, Esq. Topic: The FAQs of AB5: The Impact of California’s New Independent Contractor Law

11/2019 – Patricia Wenthe. Topic: Inventory & Appraisals.

10/2019 – Avi Klein and Ryan Leary. Topic: Working with Investigators and Bail Agents: Ethical and Practical Tips.

9/2019 – Mary Lou Floyd, CCLS. Topic: Calif. Compliance with New Harassment Training Laws.

8/2019 – No Meeting.

7/2019 – Cory Hamma. Topic: Ethical Duties and Electronically Stored Information.

6/2019 – No Meeting.

5/2019 – Jon Lucchese, Robert Half. Topic: Job Seeking Skills.

4/2019 – Mary Lou Floyd, CCLS. Topic: 2019 Changes in Ethics Rules.

3/2019 – Lisa Hutton, J.D. Topic: Paralegals-Bus. & Prof. Code 6450.

2/2019 – Ryan Lockhart, Esq. Topic: Property Tax and Prop 58 – What You Should Know

1/2019 – Mary Lou Floyd, CCLS. Topic: Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

11/2018 – One Hour Delivery Services: Jerry Chamberlain, Operations Manager, Sandy Bell, Customer Services Manager, and Kristen Saabye, Senior Customer Service. Topic: E-Filing Developments and how it works.

10/2018 – J. Jeffrey Mojcher. Topic: Rules of Civil Procedure (Civil, Family Law, Writs)

9/2018 – Patricia Wenthe. Topic: Business Entities.

7/2018 – Ryan W. Lockhart; Topic: Tax Law Changes 2018

6/2018 – Stephanie Sagaria, One Legal; Topic: E-Filing.

5/2018 – Jeff Mojcher, Esq.; Topic: Overview of the Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board

3/2018 – Juliette Jonas, Esq. Topic: Ethics Laws Pertaining to Paralegals

2/2018 – Jason Gong, Esq. Topic: DA Compliance for Businesses:
Identifing and Managing the Risks of Serial Litigation

1/2018 – Patricia Wenthe. Topic: An overview of Estate Planning and Important Deadlines in Probate, Trust and Conservatorship Administrations

11/17 – Paul Chavez, Esq. Topic: The Impact of the Social Justice Movement on Immigration.

10/17 – Patricia Wenthe, Topic: The Numerous Practice Areas referred to as “Probate” (administration of estates, trusts, conservatorships, guardianships, and estate planning) – A Primer on Each

7/17 – Karen Mitchoff, CCC Supervisor, District IV; Topic: What’s Happening In District IV

6/17 – Nicole Howell, Executive Director, Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa County; Topic: Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa County

5/17 – Jon Lucchese and Erika Winkler of Robert Half Legal; Topic:
Trends in the Legal Profession and Starting a Job Search

3/17 – Sandra L. Benabou, Esq.; Topic: The Media and Criminal Cases

2/17 – Stuart West, Esq.; Topic: Intellectual Property

1/17 – Cheryl L. Kent, PLS, CCLS, and Mary Lou Floyd, CCLS; Topic: Changes in the Law

11/16 – Cyndee Sauceda. Topic: Appellate Law

10/16 – Meeting Cancelled

9/16 – Malcolm Sher. Topic: CASA/Court Appointed Special Advocates, Helping Foster Children Succeed Through Community Engagement

7/16 – Kimberly Witte. Topic: Damsels in Defense

Mt. Diablo Legal Professionals Association

The Mt. Diablo Legal Professionals Association (“MDLPA”) received its charter from Legal Secretaries Association (California), now Legal Professionals, Inc. (“LPI®”) in January of 1969.  Like LPI, MDLPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational, professional, and personal development programs to its membership, consisting of attorneys, legal assistants, paralegals, legal secretaries, legal administrative assistants, court reporters, law office administrators and anyone in a law-related profession. For more information on LPI, click here.


Mt. Diablo Legal Professionals Association
P.O. Box 4253
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
United States