New Professors Fall Trimester 2020

September 9, 2020

New Professors Fall Trimester 2020

Welcome to five new professors who have joined the Empire College School of Law faculty for the Fall 2020 trimester. 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.


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.