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Free Tax Preparation Available

Empire College accounting students offer free tax preparation

For the seventh consecutive year, Empire College accounting students and faculty will be assisting United Way of the Wine Country in delivering free income tax services to low-to-moderate income residents through the Earn it! Keep It! Save It! (EKS)/Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. In order to participate in this unique, hands-on learning opportunity, each student has become IRS certified in advanced tax preparation.

Agricultural Law and Environmental Compliance Clinic Opens

Empire College School of Law has added a seventh legal clinic that will offer assistance to the public at no charge. The new Agricultural Law and Environmental Compliance Clinic will be supervised by Professor Tina Wallis, Esq.

Clinic Services

The first area of service that will be offered is assistance with claims requirements, such as:

SB134 Provides Money for Lawyers

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Empire Law School Dean shares insights on current legal topics

Among the recent spate of bills passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor was SB 134, almost unnoticed by the news agencies. Why? It provides money for lawyers, specifically ‘public interest’ attorneys.

As you know, all private practice attorneys must have a client trust fund. From time to time, the interest on those funds is not claimed. Where does this money go? Those unclaimed funds are subject to escheat: the State takes the money.

Empire Board Honored with Jefferson Award

Jefferson Award

The Empire College Board of Directors has been selected as a Sonoma County recipient of the 2015 Jefferson Award for “Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement” and will be honored, along with four other recipients, during a regular meeting of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, November 3, at 9 a.m. The 2015 recipients are:

New Restraining Order in 2016

Empire Law School Dean shares insights on current legal topics

As of January 1, 2016, a new restraining order will be possible. AB1014 is scheduled to be effective on that date and thus far its implementation is doubtful. The new statutes, Division 18122 of the Penal Code, will establish a means to obtain a restraining order to prevent persons from possessing or having access to firearms. Responding to the tragedy in Isla Vista, Santa Barbara California in which a disgruntled, mentally ill student killed a number of innocent persons, despite a visit by law enforcement officials days before the incident.

Tort Law: New Definition of Battery

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Mullins' Musings

Turn our attention to Tort law, or civil wrongs, we find a new definition of battery in the Restatement of Torts, 2015.

Is Your Interview Suit Ready?

Empire College Job Fair

Is your interview suit ready? Empire's Career Fair will be here in two short days!

*This* Thursday is your opportunity to network, find a future employer and support the Valley Fire Fund.

Empire College will be donating $2 for every student who comes to the Fair! We will also have a donation box thanks to Redwood Credit Union.

Details:
Empire’s Career Fair
Thursday, September 24th
Time: 3 - 5 pm

Empire College Job Fair

SB 213 on Juries - Chance of passage risky

Mullins' Musings

SB 213 was set for hearing in the Assembly Committee for Public Safety, but its chance of passage is risky. The bill would reduce preemptory challenges in misdemeanor cases from 10 to 6 and is opposed by defense counsel and public defenders. Pushed by the Judicial Council, the courts hope to see quicker jury trials as less courtroom time is spent on jury selection, a laborious process at best.

Student of the Month Gives Back to the Community

Grace Miranda-Leon (left)

Congratulations to Grace Miranda-Leon (left), our September Student of the Month! Grace is co-president of the IAAP, a student mentor, and a TA for the Business Department. She has an outgoing and caring attitude, works hard in all of her classes, and is always ready to lend a helping hand.

California Changes to Two-Day Bar Exam in 2017

Mullins' Musings

The California State Bar Test will now be two days instead of three beginning July 2017. No, this change is not due to the miserable bar pass rate of the last two bar exams, 39.5% and 48% respectively, but has been under study for some time. According to the Committee of Bar Examiners, the experts assure the reliability of the new test will not change, although the test will still examine the same thirteen subjects, minus one essay and one performance test. Multi-choice will comprise the entire second day.

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