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Administration

Roy O. Hurd, Chairman, CEO and President
Sherie L. Hurd, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Operations
Brian J. Purtill, Esq., Dean
Tracy Chodora, Assistant to the Dean/Registrar

Admissions
Dahnja Schiro, Director of Admissions

Accounting
Stacey Demidow, Controller and Director of Benefits Administration
Jessica Fairfield, Accounts Receivable Manager
Georgie Micallef, Bookstore Manager
Peggy Ransford, Accounts Payable Manager/Accounting Assistant

Administrative Services
Debbie Benedetti, Senior Administrative Assistant
Ken Castor, Maintenance Supervisor
Karina Nuno, Administrative Services Manager
Trenton Schuttler, System Administrator
Robert Swanson, Law Librarian

Career Services
Eddy Gilbert, Career Placement Advisor

Financial Aid
Mary O’Brien, Financial Aid Director
Lea Smith, Financial Aid Advisor
Kass Von der Mehden, Federal Student Loan Repayment Manager

 

Faculty – Fall Semester 2020

Jared Babula, Esq., BS, JD, LL.M.
California Energy Commission
Sonoma State University California
Empire College School of Law, California
Golden Gate University, California

The Honorable Katie Boriolo, BA, JD
Administrative Law Judge, Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board
Chico State University, California
Empire College School of Law, California

Margaret A. Brothers, Esq., BA, JD
Private Practitioner
Wellesley College
Empire College School of Law, California

Adam Brown, Esq., BA, JD
Disability Services & Legal Center
Hartwick College, New York
Franklin Pierce Law Center, New Hampshire

Deborah Bull, Esq., BA, JD
Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz
Stanford University
Empire College School of Law, California

Connie Burtnett, Esq., AB, JD
Private Practitioner
Princeton University, New Jersey
Empire College School of Law, California

Dave Carr, Esq., BA, JD
Dept. of Justice, Attorney General’s Office
University of California, Santa Cruz, California
University of San Diego School of Law, California

Murray Cockerill, Esq., BA, JD
Sonoma County Superior Court
New York University
Empire College School of Law, California

Rex Grady, Esq., BA, MA, MA, JD
Robins Cloud LLP
University of California, San Diego, California
University of New Brunswick, Canada
Empire College School of Law, California

Roger J. Illsley, Esq., BA, JD
Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz
University of California, Davis, California
University of Southern California, California

Daniel J. Lanahan, III, Esq., BA, JD
Flack Law, PC
St. Mary’s College of California, California
Empire College School of Law, California

Keith Langan, Esq., BA, JD
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
University of San Francisco, California
Golden Gate University School of Law, California

The Honorable Paul Lozada, BA, JD
Sonoma County Superior Court Commissioner
St. Mary’s College, California
Empire College School of Law, California

Kathleen Pozzi, Esq., BA, JD
Public Defender, Sonoma County
University of San Francisco, California
Empire College School of Law, California

Ronit Rubinoff, Esq., BA, JD
Executive Director, Legal Aid of Sonoma County
Middlebury College, Vermont
Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Robert Rutherfurd, Esq., AB, JD
Anderson Zeigler Disharoon Gallagher & Gray
University of California, Berkeley
Hastings College of Law

James Sansone, Esq., BS, JD
Carle Mackie Power & Ross, LLP
University of San Francisco, California
Empire College School of Law, California

Martin L. Seeger, IV, Esq., BA, JD
Babin & Seeger, LLP
University of the Pacific, California
Pacific McGeorge School of Law, California

Robert A. Swanson, Esq., BS, JD
University of Missouri
Empire College School of Law, California

Philip “Jeff” Terry, Esq., BA, JD
Carle Mackie Power & Ross, LLP
University of California, Berkeley
Hastings College of the Law, California

 

Faculty – Adjunct Pool

Tadd C. Aiona, Esq., BA, JD
Law Offices of Tadd C. Aiona
Sonoma State University, California
Empire College School of Law, California

Jeffrey L. Berk, Esq., BA, JD
Chief Assistant City Attorney’s Office
Michigan State University
University of San Francisco School of Law, California

Shawn Bunyard,  Esq., AA, JD
Redwood Empire Law and Mediation
Santa Rosa Junior College, California
Empire College School of Law, California

Heather Bussing, Esq. BA, JD
Private Practitioner
University of Kansas, Kansas
University of Kansas, Kansas

Julie Cyphers, Esq., BA, JD
Private Practitioner
California State University, Chico, California
Empire College School of Law, California

Susan T. Daniel, Esq., BA, MA, JD
Employee Relations Consultants
Queens College, New York
Syracuse University, New York
University of Santa Clara, California

The Honorable Elliot L. Daum, BA, JD
Superior Court Judge, Sonoma County (Retired)
Wesleyan University, Connecticut
University of Santa Clara, California

The Honorable Bradford DeMeo, Esq., BA, JD
Superior Court Judge, Sonoma County
Sonoma State University, California
University of Santa Clara, California

Michael C. Fallon, Esq., BS, JD
Private Practitioner
Boston University, Massachusetts
Empire College School of Law, California

Ann Gallagher White, Esq., BA, JD
Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office
University of California, Santa Barbara
Southwestern School of Law

The Honorable Rudolph Gerber, BA, MA, Ph.D, JD, LLM
Court of Appeals Judge, Arizona (Retired)
St. Louis University
Columbia University
Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
University of Notre Dame Law School
University of Virginia Law School

Patrick G. Grattan, Esq., BA, JD
Geary Shea O’Donnell Grattan and Mitchell (Retired)
West Point Military Academy
University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

Marianna Green, Esq., BA, JD
Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office
University of California, Los Angeles
Willamette University College of Law

Michael Green, Esq., BA, JD
Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery
University of Arizona
University of Denver College of Law

Fiona Hall, Esq., BA, JD
Superior Court, Sonoma County
University of California, Davis, California
Empire College School of Law, California

The Honorable Daniel M. Hanlon, BA, JD
California Court of Appeals (Retired)
Judicial Arbitration & Mediation Services
University of California, San Francisco
University of California, San Francisco

The Honorable Allan Hardcastle, BA, JD
Superior Court Judge, Sonoma County (Retired)
University of the Pacific, California
Pacific McGeorge School of Law, California

The Honorable Christopher M. Honigsberg, BA, JD
Superior Court Judge, Sonoma County
University of California, Santa Rosa
University of San Francisco School of Law

Brendan Kunkle, Esq., BA, JD
Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery
California State University
California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo
Golden Gate University School of Law

Monica Lehre, Esq., AA, BA, JD
O’Brien Watters & Davis LLP
Santa Rosa Junior College, California
Sonoma State University, California
Empire College School of Law, California

Robyn Mancini, Esq., BA, JD
Private Practitioner
Simon Fraser University
Empire College School of Law, California

Rachel Mansfield-Howlett, Esq., BS, JD
Provencher & Flatt, LLP
Simon Fraser University
Empire College School of Law, California

Naomi E. Metz, Esq., BA, JD
Private Practitioner
Mills College, California
University of California, Berkeley

Lawrence R. Mills, Esq., BSE, MPP, JD
Judicial Arbitration & Mediation Services
Princeton University
University of Michigan
University of Michigan (Editor-in-Chief, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform)

Karlene M. Navarro, Esq., BA, JD
Director, Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review & Oversight, County of Sonoma
University of California, Irvine
University of San Francisco School of Law

The Honorable Lawrence E. Ornell, BA, JD
Superior Court Judge, Sonoma County
California State University, Sacramento, California
Empire College School of Law, California

The Honorable Becky Rasmason, BS, JD
Superior Court Commissioner
Arizona State University, Arizona
Empire College School of Law, California

Jill Ravitch, Esq., BA, JD
Sonoma County District Attorney
University of California, Berkeley, California
University of San Francisco Law School, California

Holly Rickett, Esq., BA, JD
Office of Sonoma County Counsel
University of Idaho, Idaho
University of California Hastings College of the Law, California

Laura C. Rosenthal, Esq., BA, JD
Law Office of Richard J. Meechan
University of Denver, Colorado
University of Denver College of Law, Colorado

Viveka A. Rydell-Anderson, Esq., BA, JD
CEO, PDI Surgery Center
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Berkeley

Jeffrey H. Scheiner, Esq., BA, JD
Private Practitioner
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara College of Law

Carmen D. Sinigiani, Esq., BS, JD
Spaulding, McCullough & Tansil LLP
Queens College, New York
University of California, Davis
Empire College School of Law, California

Lynne Stark-Slater, Esq., BA, JD
Deputy Public Defender, Sonoma County
University of the Pacific, California
Empire College School of Law, California

Joseph Stogner, Esq., JD
Private Practitioner
Pacific McGeorge School of Law, California

Tina Wallis, Esq., BS, JD
Law Offices of Tina Wallis
University of California, Davis, California
Vermont Law School, Vermont

Joseph Wiseman, Esq., BA, JD
Private Practitioner
University of California, Los Angeles, California
University of Oregon School of Law, Oregon

Anthony Zunino, Esq., BS, JD
Bluestone Zunino & Hamilton, LLP
University of San Francisco
Empire College School of Law, California


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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