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Learn the many directions a career in law can take at our “Careers in Law” Speakers’ Series. Join Empire College School of Law alumni on Wednesday, May 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Empire College campus. To RSVP for our upcoming speakers’ series, click here. 

Bios of previous alumni speakers: 

James Carroll is a member of the California State Bar Association and the Sonoma County Bar Association. Prior to becoming an attorney, James worked as a paralegal for several well-known attorneys. He volunteered his skills at Legal Aid of Sonoma County, representing victims of domestic violence in court to obtain restraining orders. He also represented tenants facing evictions in mediation and in the courtroom. By the time he had graduated from Empire College School of Law, he had already represented hundreds of clients in many different courts of law.

Before becoming an attorney, Jim served as a Sergeant in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and as a Drill Sergeant in the Army Reserves. Because he has also owned and operated small businesses, he now practices law with an understanding of the challenges faced by business people. He has experience with tax preparation and bookkeeping and was an accounting major at Sonoma State University, all of which helps him to understand and solve complex financial matters in family law.

Since becoming an attorney Jim completed a lifelong dream of becoming a pilot and purchased a Cessna 172 which he enjoys flying.

Karen Webb received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Japanese from San Francisco State University. During her undergraduate studies, Karen studied abroad and attended Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Upon graduation, she volunteered for two years in the Peace Corps and served in Hungary as an educator teaching English and Women’s Studies at the University of Economics in Budapest. During her Peace Corps she traveled all over Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Russia. Upon returning home she received her Real Estate license in 2003 and then her Real Estate Broker’s license in 2005. She started Webb Realty, a successful, independent real estate brokerage company, in 2005.

After years of Webb Realty and being a busy single mom, Karen decided to go back to school to get her law degree, something she had always wanted to do. She graduated cum laude and valedictorian from Empire College School of Law in 2011. She worked briefly in larger, local law firms, but realized quickly that she did not fit into the law firm culture because she had been an independent entrepreneur for so long. Realizing this, Karen started her own practice in 2013 and merged it with Webb Realty. This model merged law and real estate, the two things Karen loved, so it was the perfect solution. In addition to her private practice, Karen worked as a part-time attorney for Child Support Services in Mendocino County for 4 years, and although she found this work satisfying, it made her schedule far too tight to continue.

Currently, Karen has found her niche focusing on real estate and family law mediation matters, running Webb Realty, and buying/selling/flipping properties.

To RSVP for our upcoming seminar, complete the form below. 

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