ALU Student / Alumni Mixer

April 23, 2012Posted by Sandy


Join us June 28, 2012 from 5PM-7:30PM:

Please join ALU at the law office of Sandra Nutt on June 28, 2012 for a Student/Alumni Mixer. Refreshments will be provided by ALU and Sandra. To my knowledge there will be speakers as well. Check back for updates. See you on the 28th! Address below.

ALU Student/Alumni Mixer
Sandra Nutt, Attorney At Law
5910 Van Nuys Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Plenty of Street Parking
Download flyer here

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California African American Museum

February 6, 2012Posted by Sandy


Dear Friends and Colleagues:

For those of you in the downtown Los Angeles area, please visit the California African American Museum (CAAM) expanded exhibition. Titled "Justice, Balance, and Achievement: African Americans and the California Courts," the full-room exhibit, which includes historical documents and artifacts, will be on display through May 2012.

It combines California's African American Justices featured in "And Justice for All" with the significant California court cases involving African Americans featured in "African Americans in the California Courts," the exhibit created by the California Judicial Center Library (Fran Jones, Director) and which was displayed last year in the California Supreme Court building atrium in San Francisco.

For more information, please view the exhibit description on the CAAM Website at:

Should your schedules permit, please enjoy this and other Black History Month activities.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Theida Salazar
Court Services Analyst
Judicial Council of California- Administrative Office of the Courts
818.558.3001, Fax 818.558.3112,
"Serving the courts for the benefit of all Californians"

BWL Installation Dinner

September 30, 2011Posted by Sandy


Join Sandra Nutt at the beautiful Montage Beverly Hills where she will be sworn in as Corresponding Secretary. ALU decided to be a Bronze Sponsor to support attorney Sandra Nutt, appreciating her commitment and dedication to ALU communities. Many thanks. H Park. The beautiful Montage Beverly Hills. See the Fall 2011 Newsletter for more information.

ALU Alumni Student Mixer

October 8, 2011Posted by Sandy


October 8, 2011 at ALU. Carole J. Buckner, Dean, School of Law and Chief Academic Officer at ALU has diligently made contact with ALU Alumni and sought our assistance in creating a vibrant alumni community. The idea is to develop working attorney referrals and keep students in contact with the Alumni. I encourage students to reach out to us and bring forth ideas that you feel will make your learning experience better and stronger. Start by joining us on October 8, 2011 for the Alumni Mixer. Network with your fellow ALU Alumni. Mix and mingle with current ALU Students. Appetizers & Refreshments Provided By ALU at the school. 3530 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 1430, Los Angeles, CA. Click here to download the flyer.

ALU Graduation Feb 28, 2010

March 11, 2010Posted by Sandy


Wow! Wow! Wow! That's all I can say about graduation. I am still high from it 11 days later. I am crashing EVERY graduation after this, ticket or no ;-). Queen Mary is intimate and comfortable. My friend said it was the best she had attended including USC, UCLA and Southwestern. She will compare to Loyola later. Click on each thumbnail below to view the larger picture. Enjoy!

Dean Edward Green and                 Rosalee Villalobos, Tommie Baines
Valedictorian Sandy                          and yours truly Sandra Nutt

Della Maldonado and Ellie Avery     Lucy Avery, Mr. Park & Mrs. Park?

Click Here For More Pictures!

Click here to view Della's Photo Montage - thanks Della! You will need a Windows Media Player plug in.

Click here to view Sandy's Facebook Photos from graduation. Some of these are duplicates of the above. Enjoy!

[January 22, 2010] Why there is no formal announcement for graduation ceremonies is beyond me. I was only made aware of the 2009 ceremony when an ALU staff member came into a Saturday class to remove the ALU school flag. When the students asked why, we were told it was needed for the graduation ceremonies, "Tomorrow." I would have loved to have attended the graduation ceremonies while I was a 1L, 2L, 3L and 4L. Further, I would have loved to have been given the opportunity to congratulate my fellow classmates. I guess it will be my mission to convince Mr. Park that the University should have a public graduation ceremony with tickets and notification available to every student and their families, or at least every undergraduate student plus one. Since this is my graduation ceremony coming up, I'll keep you posted and I'll make sure I get plenty of pictures, video and information to share! Stay tuned!

SKYPE Bar Chat

January 25, 2010Live chats on Jan 11 and 24, 2010


Update: Both chats went well. I was surprised that the top question was a schedule request. I had the Barbri schedule, given to me by a friend, but threw it away. I printed the schedule but I did not rely on it. I didn't throw it away, however, because it was colorful and easier to read. I relied on instinct, creating my own schedule that consisted of - study til you drop and don't stop! Further, I checked the schedule to make sure I wasn't off-base in my thinking in terms of how much time to give each subject. For those of you who are not taking a traditional bar review course and in dire need of a schedule, I suggest posting on the web site (see the link to the lower right of the side bar to this web site) for schedule requests. Someone is likely to share.

The second most-asked question is when to start studying. I pushed for the last six months of my fourth year studies since I knew I would only have one month after completion of school to prepare for the Bar without distraction. I continued working (part-time at night) and took one week off before the Bar and two weeks off after the Bar Exam. Again, this is an individual decision if you are not signed up for a traditional bar review. I do not recommend graduating in June and taking the Bar in July! However, I also do not recommend telling students you will not pass if you don't take a bar review course. I was told that I would fail without a review course and a study group. That proved to be false. I finished 20% of as student rep and I rave about their product because I believe in it. But let's face it, there was no time! I had a study group that I depended on for - get this - 6 weeks before the bar - trust me THAT did not create my success. The study group was a wonderful weekly event that gave me tremendous spiritual courage and friends for life. My best advice is to trust yourself. Reach out, ask questions, go with your gut and do what's right for you!


At some point around mid-2008, I approached Olga Alexeeva and Paul Young individually about their strategies to pass the bar. I had a year and a half left in school and I was already starting to panic and wonder how on earth a person is expected to remember all those topics in one sitting. Olga and Paul were both easily accessible, open and willing to speak with me at length regarding their personal choices and plan of attack for passing the California General Bar Exam. Since receiving my results in November 2009, I too am getting similar emails and calls. After all the built up stress and anxiety surrounding the taking and passing of the exam plus waiting for the results, I'm finding that helping others is extremely cathartic. Answering questions is addictive and rewarding after four years of school, the stress of the actual exam and being in limbo for four months waiting on results. These discussions seem like a natural progression from student to attorney. Rather than re-write the same email over and over, I will make myself available for chatting online via Skype in January and I invite you to join. All questions can be answered in real time, including ones you didn't think of. I also have selfish motives. I want to keep in touch with students and get ideas for what you would like to see on this web site. My motives are not purely altruistic! Happy Holidays, I'll see you in January.
Dates and times are:
Monday, January 11, 2010 2:30PM - 3:30PM (California time)
Sunday, January 24, 2010 11AM-12PM (CA time)

1. Sign up for SKYPE and download it on your computer, it's free;
2. Test it with a friend;
3. Send me your Skype name so I can add it to my contacts and add sandyhappyactress to your contacts. You must accept me as a contact and I must accept you as a new contact - DO THIS FROM THE SKYPE INTERFACE! NOT your email;
4. Email me at and RSVP for one of the chats;
5. No need for a video cam, if you have a mic, great, if not, you can type;
6. I will also video tape the chats and make them available on this web site.