Two Empire Law Alumni Join California Judiciary

March 12, 2019

Two Empire Law Alumni Join California Judiciary

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 J. David Markham to succeed Judge Richard Martin as a Superior Court Judge in Lake County. Markham served as a deputy district attorney at the Lake County District Attorney’s Office from 2001 to 2002. From 2003 to 2004, he was an associate at Alvord and Ewing in Clearlake. Since 2004, he has been a sole practitioner handling both criminal and civil cases.

Katie Ferchland Boriolo has been appointed to the Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board as an administrative law judge. Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2010, she worked for a year as an associate attorney with Mullen & Filippi before joining the Ferchland Law Office in Santa Rosa as an advocate for injured workers and the disabled in all stages of Social Security disability claims.

 

J. David Markham and Kathleen “Katie” Ferchland Boriolo

 

Empire College School of Law’s distinguished list of judges includes:

Hon. Shelly Averill
Sonoma County Superior Court Judge
Class of 1996

Hon. Raima H. Ballinger
Sonoma County Superior Court Judge
Class of 1978

Hon. Grant Barrett
Calaveras County Superior Court Judge
Class of 1995

Hon. Carla F. Bonilla (Ret.)
Sonoma County Superior Court Commissioner
Class of 1982

Hon. Kathleen Ferchland Boriolo
Administrative Law Judge
Workers Compensation Appeals Board
Class of 2010

Hon. Ron W. Brown (Ret.)
Mendocino County Superior Court Judge
Class of 1978

Hon. Jeanne M. Buckley (Ret.)
Sonoma County Superior Court Commissioner
Class of 1979

Hon. Thomas S. Burr (Ret.)
Juvenile Court Referee, Merced Superior Court
Class of 1980

Hon. J. David Markham
Lake County Superior Court Judge
Class of 2000

Hon. Lawrence Ornell
Sonoma County Superior Court Judge
Class of 1991

Hon. Becky A. Rasmason
Sonoma County Superior Court Commissioner
Class of 1996

Hon. Cathy Riggs
Justice of the Peace, Desert Ridge Justice Court, Arizona
Class of 1995

Hon. Francisca P. Tischer
Napa County Superior Court Judge
Class of 1980

Hon. Michele Verderosa
Lassen County Superior Court Judge
Class of 1996


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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