Empire Instructor Named Paralegal of the Year

May 8, 2018

Empire Instructor Named Paralegal of the Year

A wonderful piece of news recently arrived in our mailbox! Empire College instructor Deborah Cain has been named Paralegal of the Year by the Redwood Empire Association of Paralegals (REAP)! Her name will be submitted to CAPA (California Alliance of Paralegal Associations) where she will be honored at the next statewide conference and will be up for possibly winning CAPA’s Paralegal of the Year award.

We have posted Deborah’s REAP bio below.

Deborah Cain, CP, is a certified paralegal through the National Association of Legal Assistants. She received her specialized associate’s degree from Empire College. She has experience working for attorneys in the areas of adoption, real property, and estate planning/probate litigation. She currently works for probate litigation attorneys at Eberts Law Group in Santa Rosa.

Deborah is also an adjunct faculty member at Empire College. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in education. She teaches courses in the paralegal and business programs.

Deborah started working with REAP during her last year as a student at Empire, and was inspired by the president at that time to be involved in the paralegal community. She has continued to try to find ways to be part of the organization: on the board as past president, past board member of the Sonoma County Bar Association as an affiliated representative of REAP, and is currently on the education committee.

Outside of the paralegal world, she enjoys time with her husband and family as they like to travel to local towns on the weekends when they can, and try new restaurants and cuisines.

Congratulations to Deborah!


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.