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New Professors Fall Trimester 2020

September 9, 2020

Welcome to five new professors who have joined the Empire College School of Law faculty for the Fall 2020 trimester. Jared Babula will teach Energy Law; Hon. Katie Ferchland Boriolo, Professional Responsibility; Deborah S. Bull, Evidence; James Sansone, Remedies; and Philip Jeff Terry, Real Property.Jared Babula is an attorney with the California Energy Commission and […]

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Empire Law Grads Achieve Juris Doctor Dream

May 28, 2020

Congratulations to the Empire Law School Class of 2020! This group of dynamic people entered law school with diverse educational and employment backgrounds and are ready to apply those experiences to the practice of law. We are honored to share portions of their bios illustrating the many paths that can be taken to achieve the […]

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Moot Court Definition

Two Empire Law School Alumni Join California Judiciary in 2020

January 27, 2020

  SANTA ROSA, CA—Victoria Shanahan, a 2001 graduate of Empire College School of Law, and Paul Lozada, Class of 2007, have recently been appointed to the California judiciary. This marks 16 Empire College School of Law alumni who are members of the judiciary in California (15) and Arizona (1).   Paul Lozada and Victoria Shanahan             Gov. Gavin Newsom […]

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Attorney's Oath

What is a Swearing-in Ceremony?

September 20, 2019

After passing the California bar exam, JD graduates attend a swearing-in ceremony where they are officially accepted into the State Bar of California. During the ceremony, a practicing attorney makes a motion to have the graduate admitted to the bar. Often, the attorney is a mentor or relative of the graduate, though not always. Once the […]

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Dean Purtill with Empire Scholarship Recipients

Message from the Dean

September 16, 2019

“If you’re going to change things, you have to be with the people who hold the levers.” U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader GinsburgFor over forty years, Empire College School of Law graduates have successfully taken up positions as community leaders, business executives, attorneys and judges, here in Sonoma County and beyond. The school is […]

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Empire Law Students

What Can You Do with Empire’s Master of Legal Studies?

September 11, 2019

What can you do with Empire’s Master of Legal Studies?You don’t have to become a lawyer to understand the law. If you are interested in legal issues, desire a career related to the law, or need some legal expertise to give your career a boost, a Master of Legal Studies might be right for you.Earning a bachelor’s degree used […]

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Law School

Attend Law School without a Bachelor’s Degree

August 28, 2019

Most people don’t know they can achieve their law career goals without a bachelor’s degree, but it is possible. There are many good reasons students do not complete a BA or BS, and that shouldn’t stop them from pursuing their law career ambitions. At Empire College School of Law, we make it possible for students […]

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5 Disaster Law Specialties to Consider

August 22, 2019

According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2017 was a record year for natural disasters in the United States, with cumulative damage from floods, fires and other weather events estimated to total $306.2 billion. As natural disasters increase, the demand for Disaster Law professionals continues to grow. The following Disaster Law specialties represent 5 […]

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Moot Court Definition

What Is Moot Court?

August 20, 2019

Moot Court Provides Real-World Experience to Students at Empire School of LawEvents like the annual Roger J. Traynor California Moot Court Competition give Empire College School of Law’s students real-world legal experience. Every year, Empire Law students compete, getting valuable practice and learning what a courtroom experience really feels like. It’s one of the many […]

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Santa Rosa Law Students

What a JD Can Do For Your Career

August 13, 2019

A career in law is a noble pursuit. It takes commitment and a lot of hard work. A juris doctor degree (J.D. degree) is required for taking state Bar exams. However, the topics covered and skills learned in earning a J.D. degree have applications in many other respected professions, particularly in business. The path to […]

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Law School

Why Complete Your JD Program at Empire College School of Law?

August 8, 2019

At Empire College School of Law, we believe in offering an excellent academic experience for busy students who dream of earning their Juris Doctor degree. You should not be expected to put the rest of your life on hold to pursue your law career ambitions, and Empire makes it possible for you to balance your […]

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How to Become a Lawyer in Santa Rosa

How to Become a Lawyer in Santa Rosa

August 5, 2019

Want to become a lawyer in Santa Rosa, California? At Empire College School of Law, we know what a big dream that can be, and we have some advice. Here’s what you need to do next.Complete Your Undergrad DegreeIn the state of California, if you want to apply for the Bar, you must have an […]

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Law Schools with Night Classes

Attend Law School at Night

July 31, 2019

Empire College School of Law understands that your life is busy and that you cannot put your responsibilities on hold to pursue your career dreams. That’s why we offer a 4-year evening course of study. You can continue working at your current job while you prepare to pass the California Bar Examination and become a […]

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Empire JD Degree

Juris Doctor Degree: What Is a JD Degree?

July 25, 2019

If you’ve been thinking about going to law school but need some more information about the degree lawyers earn in the United States, we’ve got the details for you! Here you can learn more about what the degree is, the kinds of course work it takes to earn it, what types of careers it makes […]

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Get Hands-on Experience in Law School

Get Hands-on Experience in Law School

July 22, 2019

At Empire College School of Law, we believe in giving our students practical experience alongside their theoretical education. We offer them a chance to get hands-on experience in law school, all while helping those who otherwise might not have access to legal guidance. Our six diverse law clinics provide a real-world education. Here is an […]

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Fields of Law

Of the Many Fields of Law, Which Is the Best Fit for You?

June 27, 2019

There are many areas of legal practice that might interest future lawyers. At Empire School of Law, students learn about the many types of law careers and can even gain hands-on experience at our law clinics. Here we highlight just some of the many fields of law an attorney might practice.Business LawBusiness or Corporate Law […]

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Brian Purtill, Esq., Dean of Empire College School of Law

Empire Law School Dean Selected for California Committee of Bar Examiners New Advisory Committee

June 3, 2019

Santa Rosa, CA—Brian Purtill, Esq., Dean of Empire College School of Law, has been named to the newly created Committee of State Bar Accredited and Registered Schools (CSBARS). This committee was created by the California State Bar’s Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE), which is charged with accreditation and oversight responsibilities for California’s accredited and registered […]

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Empire Law Faculty

Patrick Grattan, Esq. Joins Law School Faculty

May 22, 2019

Santa Rosa, CA—Patrick Grattan, senior attorney in the Geary, Shea, O’Donnell, Grattan & Mitchell firm’s family law division and an experienced trial lawyer, has joined the faculty of Empire College School of Law as a Professor of Community Property.Mr. Grattan is a past president of the Redwood Empire Trial Lawyers Association and a past director of […]

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Mock Trial

Precious Cargo Hardly Moot

May 15, 2019

When this year’s Empire College School of Law team packed their bags to travel to the annual Roger J. Traynor Moot Court Competition, they were carrying more than their law books, business suits, and briefs (pun intended). They were carrying precious cargo; namely, the 2-foot sterling silver trophy that is passed from reigning champion to […]

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California Judiciary

Two Empire Law Alumni Join California Judiciary

March 12, 2019

J. David Markham, a 2000 graduate of Empire College School of Law, and Kathleen “Katie” Ferchland Boriolo, Class of 2009, have recently been appointed to the California judiciary. This marks 14 Empire College School of Law alumni who are members of the judiciary in California (13) and Arizona (1).Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment of […]

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Empire Team Wins 2018 Traynor Moot Court Competition

Empire Moot Court Team Brings Home Trophy

April 24, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SANTA ROSA, CA – Empire College School of Law captured first place in oral argument at the 2018 Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition held April 14-15, 2018 in Los Angeles. In addition, team members Michelle Novi and Stephanie Ransom were recognized for individual excellence in appellate advocacy for their oral […]

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National Public Defender Week – March 18-24, 2018

March 20, 2018

By Professor Kathleen Pozzi, Sonoma County Public DefenderSunday, March 18th, marks the 55th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, and the third nationwide celebration of Public Defense week.  The Law Office of the Sonoma County Public Defender is joining forces with National, State and County wide public defense offices and other indigent defense organizations to celebrate and […]

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Explore a Career in Public Law

March 13, 2018

Ever wondered what a career in the public law sector is really like? Professors Holly Rickett (Deputy County Counsel for the County of Sonoma) and Kathleen Pozzi (Sonoma County’s Public Defender) have organized a complimentary panel discussion for students, applicants, and new lawyers to explore careers in public service on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from […]

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Bialkin and Brockway, Empire College

Alumni keynote first Law School Informational Seminar of 2018

January 1, 2018

As Sonoma County works to rebuild and come back stronger than before, now, more than ever, Empire College is proud to offer the opportunity of a quality, affordable legal education to our community. The New Year is also a good time to build or rebuild a career and reimagine your life. If someone you know has been […]

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Empire College UPDATE – Classes Restart Tomorrow, 10/17

October 16, 2017

To everyone in our amazing Empire College community:Over the weekend, we attempted to call every student to ensure that they were safe and to ask about when they could return to school. The overwhelming response from the students we talked to was that they wanted to be back in their classes. Based on this response, […]

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Empire Law Graduation

Summer 2017 Edition of The Empire Writes Back Newsletter

September 22, 2017

Summer 2017 Edition of The Empire Writes Back Newsletter

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Empire Law Graduates

Spring 2017 Edition of The Empire Writes Back Newsletter

September 19, 2017

Spring 2017 Edition of The Empire Writes Back Newletter

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Angela Emerick, Esq.

(Class of 2015)

"Being born in Australia and becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2009, I understand the process and honor of becoming an American citizen and am proud to help those in their quest to become citizens and better their lives."

Daryl Reese, Esq.

(Class of 2014)

"I decided to enroll in Law School when I was 50 years old having enjoyed a full career in the nonprofit sector. Now I have a robust business and nonprofit law practice serving clients throughout the State of California and I am loving it. I could never have made that kind of career transition if it had not been for Empire Law School. The opportunity to take evening courses and at a cost far less than other law schools, and to do so in my own community made my career shift affordable, enjoyable, and attainable."

Orchid Vaghti, Esq.

(Class of 2010)

"There are not that many new lawyers who have the experience to go to trial. They would not be ready for it. Seeing the practical points of the legal process through her Empire education gave Orchid an advantage."
- L. Stephen Turer, Esq.

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