Empire's Commitment to Community Service

    Empire College in Santa Rosa, California, has earned national recognition from the White House – with distinction– the past three years on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In 2013 it was one of 19 finalists for the top award. The national award recognizes public and private colleges and universities that inspire lifelong civic engagement among their students and achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

    Join Us at the Informational Law Seminar - April 25

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    Empire Law School Alumni Jessalee Mills and Daryl Reese

    Attorneys Jessalee Mills and Daryl Reese will be featured speakers at the Empire College School of Law informational seminar on Monday, April 25, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Empire College campus.        

    Donated, Refurbished Computers Benefit the Community

    Empire College student rebuilds computer

    Hardware instructor Scott Wilcox has given away many small items as needed by tech students and has picked up recycled equipment to help the person/company dispose of items and help others. This has led to a recycling and donation system that has provided his students in Empire's information technology programs with computers that can be used to build a network at home.

    Empire College tech students donate rebuilt computers

    Latest Issue of The Empire Writes Back

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    The latest issue of The Empire Writes Back is now available. It's filled full of student achievements and graduate job news, including:

    Defective Firearms and Smart Firearms - Thoughts on Gun Control

    Empire Law School Dean shares insights on current legal topics

    In 1993, Luigi Ferri walked into 1001 California St., San Francisco and killed eight persons using an assault rifle with clips holding 32 rounds. In the aftermath, the Federal Assault weapon ban was passed and has since lapsed. In 2005, Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which shields firearms manufacturers and dealers from civil liability in both federal and state courts.

    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.

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