Empire Law School Dean Selected for California Committee of Bar Examiners New Advisory Committee

June 3, 2019

Empire Law School Dean Selected for California Committee of Bar Examiners New Advisory Committee

Santa Rosa, CA—Brian Purtill, Esq., Dean of Empire College School of Law, has been named to the newly created Committee of State Bar Accredited and Registered Schools (CSBARS). This committee was created by the California State Bar’s Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE), which is charged with accreditation and oversight responsibilities for California’s accredited and registered law schools.


The CSBARS consists of nine members, three selected from the deans of the California-accredited law schools, three from California registered law schools, and three from current members of the CBE. The CSBARS meets regularly throughout the year alternating between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Its purpose is to provide input to and advice for the CBE on matters relating to the rules and guidelines governing California-accredited and registered law schools.


“Empire has long held a place of high esteem with the Committee of Bar Examiners due to its high Bar Examination passage rate, its successes in statewide student competitions, and its well-run organization and programs,” states Dean Purtill. “Many issues are being discussed right now, including the nature and operation of California’s law schools, the scope and content of the Bar Examination, and how we can better provide a legal education in the state. My presence on CSBARS helps Empire keep a seat at the table, and I’m happy to be part of the process.”


Founded in 1973, Empire College School of Law has small sections and class sizes that encourage a strong sense of community, accomplished faculty who are practicing attorneys or judges, and an array of clinical education opportunities for students to acquire practical experience applying the law and working with clients. Its alumni comprise approximately 25 percent of the Sonoma County Bar and include 13 members of the California judiciary in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Lassen, Merced, and Calaveras Counties.


For additional information on Empire College or the School of Law, call (707) 546-4000 or visit law.empcol.edu.

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.