Announcing: Master of Legal Studies Program

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Law Students Learn Intricacies of Federal Indian Law

Professor Joseph Wiseman teaches Federal Indian Law at Empire Law School.

There are over one hundred federally recognized Indian tribes in California, ranging from the Yurok tribe on the north coast to the Fort Yuma Quechan tribe on the border of Arizona and Mexico. Each tribe is a sovereign “nation within a nation” with the inherent power to regulate its internal affairs generally free from state intrusion. Indian tribes have a rich historical legacy, which, unfortunately, is scarred by repeated attempts to eradicate their presence and diminish their historical land base.

The Value of Education: A Case Study

Empire College graduate Antonia Garza

Two-time Empire College graduate Antonia Garza's story is an inspiring example of the value of education.

Introducing ... Part 6: Empire Law Grads 2013

The finale of introductions for the Empire College School of Law Class of 2013 includes the valedictorian, Christopher Stoll. His bio, like the other 17 members of the class, illustrates the variety of career and educational backgrounds from which Empire law students come. The discipline and critical thinking skills learned while studying law will assist them in their future endeavors.

Introducing ... Part 5: Empire Law Grads 2013

Today's group of Juris Doctor graduates includes a two-time moot court competitor, a graduate who has interned for the Sonoma County Bar Association writing jury verdict reports, and a certified law clerk with the Sonoma County District Attorney's office.

Introducing ... Part 4: Empire Law Grads 2013

Today's trio of law graduates have participated in the Small Claims, Elder Law, and Self-Help Access Clinics, as well as the Sonoma County Family Law Facilitator's Office, and were recipients of a variety of legal scholarships.

Introducing ... Part 3: Empire Law Grads 2013

Our third group of Empire College School of Law graduates includes students who have provided pro bono legal services through the Elder Law, Disability Law, Self-Help Access Center, and Small Claims Advisory Clinics. One has been a law clerk at the Sonoma County Public Defender's Office, and another had an article published in the Sonoma County Bar Association's Bar Journal.

Introducing ... Part 2: Empire Law Grads 2013

The three graduates who were introduced in yesterday's blog are certainly impressive scholastically, as well as from the standpoint of extracurricular activities and community service. Between them they provided pro bono legal services through Empire's Self-Help Access Center, Small Claims Advisory, and Legal Aid. In addition, they represented Empire on Moot Court and Environmental Negotiation Competition Teams.

Introducing ... Empire Law Graduates 2013

As the graduates of the Empire College School of Law Class of 2013 prepare for their commencement exercises next Sunday afternoon, I thought it would be fun to introduce them through a series of blog posts. This group of dynamic people entered law school with diverse educational and employment backgrounds. We wish them the best of luck as they pursue their careers in law and contribute further to the community.

Empire Law Professor/Alum Named to Lead Sonoma County Public Defender's Office

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Empire College School of Law has many notable graduates (nine have gone on to become members of the judiciary in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lassen and Merced Counties) in public and private practice. One of the notables is Kathleen Pozzi, Class of 1987, who just yesterday was named Sonoma County's Public Defender by the Board of Supervisors.