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


One of the things that I appreciate about going to Empire College was that the training was so hands-on.

Yesenia Avalos

Medical Assistant Coordinator, West County Health Centers
Empire Law School provided the instruction, guidance, and motivation that I needed to pass the California State Bar Examination on the first try, despite the rigors of managing a full-time career and family commitments in parallel. I would absolutely recommend Empire Law School to anyone looking for relevant and masterful instruction in the subjects of law.

Chris Van Nuys

Operations Manager, LEMO USA, Inc. (Class of 2019)

By assisting clients at the Self-Help Access Center, students learn about law, human nature, society and challenges people face on a daily basis.

Michelle Brown

Empire Law Graduate

Empire is perfect for individuals seeking a practical, cost-effective legal education taught by committed practitioners. Empire enabled me to grow and learn through experiences with the Superior Court’s Office and the District Attorney’s office as a student and then launch into a rewarding career serving as General Counsel for American Home Shield >Corporation, The ServiceMaster Franchise Group, Graham Packaging Company, and currently, Evergreen Packaging.

Mark Lightfoot

General Counsel, Evergreen Packaging

Walking across the graduation stage already employed with a full-time job was very gratifying.

Nancy Clark

Paralegal, Galanti & Copenhaver, Inc.

I had a lot of friends go through Empire who had a great experience. If you want a solid IT foundation to get out in the workforce, it’s the place to be.

Blake Buchanan

Service Desk Analyst, Davita Medical Group