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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 […]

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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 Ginsburg For 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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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National Public Defender Week – March 18-24, 2018

March 20, 2018

By Professor Kathleen Pozzi, Sonoma County Public Defender Sunday, 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 […]

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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 […]

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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.