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Finley Foundation Gifts $100,000 to Empire College Foundation

General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

Good news for those thinking about studying for their General Equivalency Diploma! The Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation recently gifted $100,000 to the Empire College Foundation for the furtherance of the College’s free General Education Diploma (GED) preparation program for the public. The program was initially funded by a $250,000 donation to the Empire College Foundation from the estate of former Empire College board member, businessman, and civic leader Evert Person.

Join Us at the Informational Law Seminar - August 22

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Empire Law School Alumni Sam Daw and Karin Stoeckenius

Attorneys Samuel Daw and Karin Stoeckenius will be featured speakers at the Empire College School of Law informational seminar on Monday, August 22, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Empire College campus.

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.