The year is 1969 when several individuals became aware of a notice and acknowledgement legislative bill (SB 503); they felt this was the time to unite the industry….
CAPPS was formed in 1970 on the basis that photocopiers and process servers needed to be aware of the activity in our Legislature. Our goal was to put our association in a position to fight adverse activity and promote favorable policy. Certainly, it has not been an easy task. However, we should be proud of our accomplishments, our improved standing, reputation, and the ability to play the “game” to our advantage.
Now CALSPro is over 350 members strong. We have faced many legislative challenges and successes along the way that have shaped the civil procedure system and discovery process into what it is today.
We take this opportunity to recognize those who have made our legislative program so strong. These individuals include the legislative advocates who have been retained to fight our battles and foster our growth; the Legislative Committee Chairpersons who volunteer their time and efforts to our cause; and most important, the association members who comprise our voice and support the legislative program that works to keep our industry alive. The eight advocates are acknowledged in the pages that follow, but it is important to also recognize the many volunteers who have played vital roles in the CAPPS legislative program over the years. These individuals are the members who have served as chairs of the CAPPS Legislative Committee and their committee members who should all be acknowledged for their untiring efforts, their passion, and their hard work involving the legislative program and protecting the livelihood of the attorney support industry. The past Legislative Committee Chairpersons include: Thomas J. Bowman, Jr.; Jeffery H. Karotkin; Mark L. Schwartz; David S. Nill; Jeffrey Schuitema; Connie R. Melvin-Quigley; Robert Schroeder; Michael A. Isbell; Joseph H. Karotkin; Andrew R. Estin; and Richard J. Green. These individuals, the legislative advocates, the committee members and the entire membership should be commended for their participation in shaping this industry.
Our legislative history page has been developed to provide you with a glimpse into the CAPPS Legislative Program and to show our appreciation to those who have fostered its growth. Many thanks to Tom Bowman, Tony Klein, Andy Estin, Joe Karotkin, Connie Melvin-Quigley, and David Nill for putting this booklet together.
As stated, CAPPS was formed to protect this industry, and your membership and participation are important to continue the journey.