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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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.

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.

Toni Felciano Memorial Scholarships

Toni Felciano scholarship recipients

Five Empire College hospitality majors were honored to receive a Toni Felciano Memorial Scholarship on July 28. Antoinette "Toni" Felciano was an Empire graduate who worked at the California Welcome Center in Santa Rosa. Her coworkers wanted to give something back to the community that she would approve of and raised enough money to fund classes for five Empire students. Members of Toni’s family and Chamber President/CEO Jonathan Coe attended the presentation.

Immigration Law Clinic Expands Services

Empire College Immigration Law Clinic expands services with Catholic Charities

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.

Celebrating Administrative Professionals

Business students at Empire College study the latest technologies

Empire College business administration students will be joining the global celebration this week to express appreciation for the contributions that multi-tasking, rockstar admins make to their organizations. The festivities begin Monday with an IAAP bake sale at which the adorable lemonade and iced tea critters pictured below will be sold for one dollar.

Empire College business students prepare for Administrative Professionals Week
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