Sonoma County Small Claims Advisory Clinic

Sonoma County Small Claims Advisory Clinic

Directed by Empire Law School

About the Clinic
The Sonoma County Small Claims Advisory Clinic provides free procedural and legal information to Small Claims litigants regarding their rights and responsibilities under California Law.

In December 2005, Empire College took on the advisory role for the Sonoma County Small Claims Court. The free service, mandated by the county for users of the court, is provided by Empire Law Students overseen by the Dean of the Law School, J. Michael Mullins, and practicing attorneys Dan Lanahan and Murray Cockerill.

The clinic is staffed by third and fourth-year law students of Empire Law School and local attorneys. The staff is available to help with all stages of Small Claims cases. Any Small Claims participant or potential participant is welcome to seek help from the clinic – even those who are not residents of Sonoma County.

While we provide legal information and advice regarding small claims forms, we do not fill out the forms for clients. Additionally, we are prohibited by law and contract from advising on matters outside the realm of small claims court. Where such advice is sought we will provide referrals to another appropriate entity when necessary. Small Claims advisors cannot act as your attorney and are not meant to replace the advice of an attorney. If you would like the advice of an attorney, contact the Sonoma County Bar Lawyer Referral Service at (707) 546-5297.

The small claims advisory service would like to thank the Judicial Council of California, the California Department of Consumer Affairs, the Sacramento Small Claims Advisory Clinic, and all others who allowed us to use content from their website in the production of this site.


Empire College School of Law
First upstairs conference room on the left
3035 Cleveland Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403


Walk-in Hours:
Monday and Wednesday
from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Assistance by phone:
Tuesday and Thursday
from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Bilingual assistance for Spanish speakers
Available during walk-in hours only.


The clinic is closed on ALL Federal/Court holidays.

In addition, the clinic will be closed:

  • December 16, 2016 to January 2, 2017, reopening Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

  • April 21, 2017 to April 30, 2017, reopening Monday, May 1, 2017.

  • August 18, 2017 to August 27, 2017, reopening Monday, August 28, 2017.