School of Law
School of Law
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.
The first area of service that will be offered is assistance with claims requirements, such as:
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.
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.
Turn our attention to Tort law, or civil wrongs, we find a new definition of battery in the Restatement of Torts, 2015.
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.
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.
As featured in The Press Democrat "Celebrate Community Partner Publication" 8/26/15:
Empire College is said to be located in the heart of the wine country, literally and figuratively. The Santa Rosa based campus not only offers Sonoma County residents pathways to successful careers, they’ve also continued to build on their commitment of offering pro bono legal aid to the local community.
Empire College School of Law faculty and students welcomed their new Dean, J. Michael Mullins, at a "Meet & Greet" last week. Dean Mullins, who was appointed Dean effective March 1, 2015, is the seventh dean in the Law School's history.
Empire College has made the national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll over the last two years for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the formation of five law clinics in Sonoma County to help residents who otherwise might not be able to afford the help of legal counsel when problems arise.
You have the opportunity to join Empire College School of Law in welcoming Rachel McAllister, Esq., Empire Class of 2009, who will be speaking at our Informational Law Seminar on Tuesday, August 5, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. To RSVP for our upcoming seminar, click here.
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