New Professors Fall Semester 2020

September 9, 2020

New Professors Fall Semester 2020

Welcome to five new professors who have joined the Empire College School of Law faculty for the Fall 2020 semester. Jared Babula will teach Energy Law; Hon. Katie Ferchland Boriolo, Professional Responsibility; Deborah S. Bull, Evidence; James Sansone, Remedies; and Philip Jeff Terry, Real Property.

Jared Babula is an attorney with the California Energy Commission and has performed a variety of legal work in the areas of power plant licensing, CEQA, Public Records Act, and appliance efficiency. He received recognition from the California State Assembly for proposing energy legislation (AB 920) to modify net metering in California. Mr. Babula has an LL.M. in Environmental Law from Golden Gate University, Juris Doctor from Empire College School of Law, and a B.S. in Cell Biology from Sonoma State University.

Hon. Katie Ferchland Boriolo was appointed to the Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board as an administrative law judge in 2017, presiding over a daily court calendar consisting of status conferences, mandatory settlement conferences, and trials. Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Boriolo was an applicant attorney representing injured workers in workers compensation, social security disability, state disability and county disability retirement, for close to 10 years.  She is a certified specialist in Workers’ Compensation. Judge Boriolo received her Juris Doctor degree from Empire College School of Law.

Deborah S. Bull is certified by the State Bar of California as a Legal Specialist in Appellate Law. She first joined Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz as a law clerk in 2001, and then continued as an associate until leaving to take a clerkship with Justice Charles “Chip” Erdmann at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, DC. She rejoined Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz in 2007. Ms. Bull received her Juris Doctor from Empire College School of Law and her B.A. in Linguistics from Stanford University.

James Sansone is a litigation and trial associate with Carle Mackie Power & Ross, LLP. His practice includes commercial litigation, business torts, employment law, real estate disputes, and trademark litigation. He serves businesses throughout Northern California, including the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma, where he is a member of the board of directors. Mr. Sansone received his Juris Doctor from Empire College School of Law and B.S. from University of San Francisco.

Jeff Terry is a litigation and trial partner with Carle Mackie Power & Ross, LLP. With over 29 years of courtroom experience, he has successfully litigated a broad range of legal issues. His practice areas include real estate and land use, corporate and commercial, employment law, intellectual property, and wine law. Mr. Terry received his Juris Doctor from Hastings College of the Law and a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley.

Empire College School of Law has small sections and class sizes that encourage a strong sense of community and provide an array of clinical education opportunities for students to acquire practical experience applying the law and working with clients.


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.