Empire College Expands Paralegal Faculty

May 22, 2019

Empire College Expands Paralegal Faculty

Santa Rosa, CA—Empire College recently named Laura Krieg, CP as the Legal Department Head of the School of Business. In addition, Nina Cooney, ACP and Eric Young, Esq. have joined the faculty.

Laura Krieg, who has been a member of the Empire College School of Business legal faculty since 2010, has worked at various law firms as a paralegal and does contract paralegal work. She has assisted attorneys in the areas of criminal law, personal injury law, civil litigation, medical lien reduction, and family law. Ms. Krieg has a Bachelor of Arts in Management and a Paralegal Certificate from Sonoma State University. She became a certified paralegal in 2012 by passing the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) Examination given by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).


Laura Krieg

Laura Krieg, CP


Nina Cooney is also a NALA certified paralegal and has an Advanced Paralegal Certificate in Real Estate Principles from NALA. Ms. Cooney, who has been with the law firm of O’Brien Watters & Davis, LLP since 1988, has extensive legal experience in the areas of probate, trust administration, real estate, and business entities. 



Nina Cooney, ACP


Eric Young is the principal at Young Law Office, a Santa Rosa litigation firm. Mr. Young has a strong background in civil litigation and appeals, emphasizing plaintiffs’ premises liability litigation. He has taught an appellate law course at Golden Gate University, civil procedure courses at John F. Kennedy School of Law, and was an adjunct instructor in the Paralegal Program at both Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College. A graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Golden Gate University School of Law.


Eric Young, Esq.


Serving the residents of Northern California for more than 58 years, Empire College School of Business is an accredited college offering 6 specialized associate degree programs, as well as career training programs in legal and medical office careers, accounting, business, and information technology including cybersecurity. Empire College was named to President Obama’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction in 2012-2015, a national award recognizing colleges that inspire lifelong civic engagement among their students and achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

Angela Emerick, Esq.

(Class of 2015)

"Being born in Australia and becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2009, I understand the process and honor of becoming an American citizen and am proud to help those in their quest to become citizens and better their lives."

Daryl Reese, Esq.

(Class of 2014)

"I decided to enroll in Law School when I was 50 years old having enjoyed a full career in the nonprofit sector. Now I have a robust business and nonprofit law practice serving clients throughout the State of California and I am loving it. I could never have made that kind of career transition if it had not been for Empire Law School. The opportunity to take evening courses and at a cost far less than other law schools, and to do so in my own community made my career shift affordable, enjoyable, and attainable."

Orchid Vaghti, Esq.

(Class of 2010)

"There are not that many new lawyers who have the experience to go to trial. They would not be ready for it. Seeing the practical points of the legal process through her Empire education gave Orchid an advantage."
- L. Stephen Turer, Esq.