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


Diane Aqui, Esq.

(Class of 2001)
Empire College gave me the opportunity to earn a Juris Doctorate while still working full time in my “first” career as an engineer. The professors are all practicing attorneys and judges and it is clear that they love what they do---guiding, teaching and mentoring a new group of potential lawyers, who one day will be their peers and practice alongside them in the legal community. I think one of my favorite cases since I graduated in 2001 was against a former Empire professor and I walked away with a win!

Andrew Conway, Esq.

(Class of 2014)
I decided to go to law school after interning for the Diversion program for the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office while I was in college. Empire provided me with friends who became colleagues, and Professors who became the Judges I appear in front of today. I have always wanted to work with the law and youth and I now manage a Dependency contract for Mendocino County, which has become my dream career as I get to do the exact job I wanted when I decided to go to law school. I definitely have my dream job thanks to Empire and their exceptional professors.

James V. Sansone, Esq.

(Class of 2006)
I picked Empire College because I had to juggle between family obligations and a fulltime job. Empire was the only option that allowed me to effectively manage my work and family obligations and still pursue a law degree. Thanks to Empire, I was able to pass the bar exam on my first try and begin a new, exciting, and lucrative legal career that I love.