Winter / Spring 2013 Newsletter

Posted Monday, February 4, 2013 by Sandra Maria Nutt, Esq.

Congrats to July 2012 Bar Passers!

CONGRATS to Bar Passers! I don't have a complete list of ALUers who passed the July 2012 bar, but my two good friends did! So a special congrats to Brian R. Johnson (the Grand Poobah!) and Michelle A. Wedderburn! Whoo hoo! See Brian's profile here and Michelle's profile here. If anyone provides me with a complete list I'll post it immediately. CONGRATS TO ALL! Now get me your profile for the All Things ALU Web site! I want it whether you've passed or not. All Alumi should have a profile on this site. Click here to see a sample, provide the information in plain text in an email to me and I'll post it. You may email me at:
May 2012 ALU Bar Passers List!
Dan Ilkay
Innocent Osunwa
Kanako Kudo Blondet
Julia La Riva
Melodie Rivas
Paul Eid
Leticia Garcia Sanchez
Susan Mehren
Ralph Mitchell
Frida Najarian
Farid Yagoubtil
Pictures from 2011 Graduation ceremonies (courtesy Della!)



Free Income Tax Preparation and Family Services Events

Download PDF here. As many of you know I volunteer at Public Counsel's Bankruptcy Self-help desk downtown. I received the following information from Christian, Staff Attorney at this amazing organization. Below is text from an email sent to me today. Please feel free to share this information with any individuals or organizations with clients who may benefit from these free services.
The event is presented by Jerome E. Horton, Chairman of the California State Board of Equalization.
The events include featuring access to:
Free tax preparation
Low cost and free medical services
Job preparation assistance
Food and nutrition services
Discount telephone services
Low cost auto insurance information
*Language assistance in Spanish and English will be provided at the events*
Various dates. Print flyer for dates, times and locations.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Clinics

Alumna, Luisa Beristain participated at recent special attorney training organized by The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation's leading Latino civil rights law firm which recently organized and provided special attorney training. The training was to increase the capacity of local organizations to provide Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) clinics. Luisa Beristain will be volunteering at two free DACA clinics:
Saturday 2/09/2013 from 9AM to 4PM
501 S. Boyle Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(Organized by Dream Team LA)
Saturday 2/23/2013 from 11AM to 3:30PM
Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School
5246 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd.
Lynwood, CA 90262
(Organized by The Council of Mexican Federation / Students of Equal Rights of East Los Angeles College / Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School)

Luisa is doing her part in giving back to the Los Angeles community! She also volunteers at the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Immigration Project on Thursdays, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and at Olvera Street, Social Action on the last Thursday of the month, all day.

ALU Alumni Organization

The Abraham Lincoln University School of Law Alumni Association home page. Welcome Alumni, current and future students! In our effort to bring the ALU online student community together with alumni, Jonathan L. Kramer has added new material to his ALU Alumni Blog and provided password privileges to numerous alumni so that we may add valuable content. Hopefully he will link back to this site as well! If you have an article that you would like to submit to either web site, please contact us and we'll post for everyone. We had a fantastic Open House in June 2012 at my office, thanks to Mr. Park's support. Click here to view photos from the mixer. Let's have another great event in 2013!

Legal Research Link


FREE CLEs and Legal Research Link. Ryan Caulker sent me the following email for your reference. I have added the link to the ALU Web site on the Resarch page here, under the CLE heading.
I am Ryan Caulker working for I highly appreciate your effort to put all the legal information related website links at one place at which are useful for legal researchers and Attorneys. It would be a great resource to add Lexvid - Free Online CLE Provider, Member at State Bar of California. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Best Regards,
Ryan Caulker



Calling All Alumni!

I'm looking for you! Please visit our profiles pages, pull up a completed profile and send your information as text in an email to I'll create a profile page for you and link it to your web site and Facebook or any other online accounts that you request. Don't forget to include a picture in .jpg format of any size. If you have a web site include that too. This is a great way to obtain referrals and network with the ALU community. Get connected or stay connected!! If you're looking for a lawyer, please visit our ALU Alumni Profiles FIRST!

SAMPLE Profile: Sandra M. Nutt



I watched one of the Con Law Seminars at Hillsdale College over a year ago. I felt enriched. It was VERY interesting to say the least. More esoteric than our ALU, rule memorization and a refreshing break (as if you have time for a break!!) If you need a diversion from memorizing your rules and finishing your essays, check out Hillsdale College's videos. They were free when I last watched (over a year ago). I assume they are still free.

AAUW Fellowships and Grants

AAUW Educational Foundation has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. One of the world's largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $4.3 million in funding for more than 278 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2012-13 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities -- breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance. Click here for more information, to register and apply for a Fellowship or Grant.

Bar Review, Saturday, Feb 9, 2013

How To Learn From Failure

Click here to read this article written by I support NO BAR EXAM REVIEW COURSE except Since I had unique study habits that were far from the "norm" and did not include a traditional bar review, I choose to promote many bar reviews so that you may be exposed to different options. Please do your own due diligence and if you have any comments -- positive or negative -- send them my way so I can share with the ALU community.