In 1969, the California Legislature passed legislation which drastically revised the laws pertaining to service of process. The new laws liberalized all forms of process service, created substituted service, notices of acknowledgment of service, and service by certified mail to out-of-state defendants. Few, if any servers knew of the changes. Several people became alarmed and flew to Sacramento to attempt to persuade the Governor to not sign the bill into law, but it was too late.
A group of thirteen businessmen met in the Fall of 1969 determined to unite in support of opposition to legislation affecting their profession. They soon joined others in the industry in California and the California Association of Professional Process Servers (CAPPS) was formed in 1970.
In 1982, in order to unite those business owners and operators who were in the mobile photocopying profession as well as the attorney service business, and who faced similar legislative challenges, the association name was changed to the California Association of Photocopiers and Process Servers (CAPPS).
Throughout the years, CAPPS maintained the solid foundation to support the members and the legal support industry.
CAPPS members represent a diverse group of companies and individuals dedicated to the betterment of serving the legal community, the judicial system, and the public.
As the needs of the members and the industry advance, it is vital that the association work to preserve the integrity and professionalism of its members.
In January, 2007, CAPPS formed a Strategic Planning Committee that was charged with defining the needs of the members and, based on those needs, devise a strategic plan to help better serve the members.
In October, 2007, CAPPS members in attendance at the 39th Conference voted to support the strategic plan, which included a name change and restructure of the membership categories and Board of Directors.
On January 1, 2008, CAPPS became CALSPro, the California Association of Legal Support Professionals. The Strategic Planning Committee, with the support and input of the members, will continue the momentum to enhance the association and maintain our strong legislative and regulatory voice.
Thank you for your interest in the professional trade organization that shall serve to promote, protect and preserve the professional legal support industry.