DA Verber-Salazar’s Education Called Into Question 

By Frank Gayaldo

June 16, 2017

San Joaquin, CA

In reviewing Tori Verber Salazar’s State Bar information, it shows she graduated from the now defunct University of Northern California, Lorenzo Patiño School of Law (UNC), which was a private law school located in Sacramento, California. 

As of June 30, 2013, the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners did not have UNC listed as a law school; and the University of Northern California’s website does not list the Juris Doctor as one of its academic programs. 

From 1997 through February 2011, 134 Lorenzo Patiño graduates took the California Bar Examination as first-time takers; of that number, 12 have passed the examination for a 9% pass rate. The state average is 62%. 

Tori Verber Salazar’s now defunct alma mater did not have professional accreditation from either the ABA Office of the Consultant on Legal Education or the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners. Calls to the listed number for the school were met with a message that the number was no longer in service. 

Screenshot of Patiño website


It is widely rumored by detractors from within the District Attorney’s office that she took the Bar numerous times before finally passing it. 


Regardless if that is true or not, her judgment continues to suggest there are major deficits in her legal education and most importantly, her judgment.

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