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FACULTY & STAFF

Key Academic and Administrative Positions

 

Administration Click on name for more information.

HYUNG J. PARK, President & CEO

Hyung J. Park

President & CEO

 

BA, Sogang University, Seoul, Korea. Graduated as the Top Honor Student of the College of Business Administration, summa cum laude.

 

President, Abraham Lincoln University, 1996-2010. Partner, Park & Kirwan Law & CPA Firm. Practicing Tax and Business Law, 1984-1995. Worked for Arthur Young & Co., one of the Big 8 CPA firms and other regional CPA firm. Major emphasis on tax, business and investment planning.

 

Director, Advisory Council to the Small Business Administration of the US, 1980-1984. Director and Vice President, Local Development Public Corporation under Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, 1981-1993. Trustee, Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Southern California, 1983-1995. Member of the Board of Trustees of Polytechnic School, Pasadena, California, 1994-2003. Member and Auditor, Advisory Council on Democratic and Peaceful Unification of South Korea, 1993-1999. Advisory Board Member, Asian Program Office, Loyola Marymount University, 1990-2002. The authors of numerous published articles and professional research papers.

 

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Education

 

  • University of Minnesota, Attorney, C.P.A. MBA

 

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D.

 

  • Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, B.A. Business Administration
ROBERT ABEL, JR., PH.D., Chief Academic Officer

ROBERT ABEL, JR., PH.D.

Chief Academic Officer

 


Robert Abel, Jr., PH.D.

Chief Academic Officer

 

Dr. Abel serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Abraham Lincoln University.

 

Dr. Abel graduated with a Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Brings extensive experience in teaching and academic administration, Dr. Abel has served as a high school teacher, department chair, university adjunct professor teaching both campus and online courses and university dean, most recently as National Dean for Center of Teaching Excellence at DeVry University.

 

As CAO, Dr. Abel’s primary responsibilities are to provide strategic leadership on academic programs under the University and to serve as the link between University students and faculty. Dr. Abel promotes initiatives and articulates school contributions locally, nationally and internationally and serves as a central point of contact on all academically related questions and disciplinary issues for the University student body and administration.

 

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Education

 

  • Northcentral University, Ph.D., Psychology

 

  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Master of Education (M.Ed.), Curriculum and Instruction
JESSICA PARK, Dean, School of Law and Chief Information Officer

Dean Jessica Park

Dean, School of Law and Chief Information Officer

jpark@alu.edu

 

Dean Park leads curriculum development, online assessment and program outcome tracking for the Juris Doctor program. Dean Park coordinates faculty, graders and staff regarding compliance with the rules and guidelines established by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California for distance learning Juris Doctor programs. As a faculty member, she teaches Future Interests and Mortgages at the fourth year level.

 

Dean Park is also ALU’s Chief Information Officer, who is in charge of institutional research and accreditation-related projects. Besides updating institutional leadership on higher education regulations, Dean Park volunteers as an education standards evaluator with the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and is a current member of the DEAC Standards Committee, which reviews and proposes improvements and changes to distance learning accreditation standards.

 

Dean Park holds a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in English Literature from Stanford University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences due to academic achievement. Dean Park has previously served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Michael Nash and as a law clerk for the Honorable Susan Bryant Deason.

 

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Education

 

  • Stanford Law School, J.D.

 

  • Stanford University, B.A. in English Literature
JOSHUA SUNG, Chief Financial Officer

JOSHUA SUNG

Chief Financial Officer

LISA INGOLDSBY, Director of Compliance and Financial Aid

LISA INGOLDSBY

Director of Compliance and Financial Aid

SHEN-YUAN MICHAEL YAP, Director of Technology and Operations

SHEN-YUAN MICHAEL YAP

Director of Technology

Academic and Student Affairs Click on name for more information.

ANDREW CHO, Academic Program Coordinator

Andrew Cho

Juris Doctor Program

Academic Program Coordinator

 

Andrew Cho serves as the Academic Program Coordinator, updating and maintaining relevant academic support content for law students at Abraham Lincoln University. Andrew coordinates homework grading projects with internal and external graders and collaborates with the Director of the Juris Doctor Program and Dean of School of Law on curriculum development and programmatic improvement directives.

 

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Education

 

  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. in History

 

  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D.

 

Bar Admissions
  • Maryland
ELIZABETH GOMEZ, Registrar

ELIZABETH GOMEZ
Registrar

LIDBY LOPEZ, Student Services Coordinator

LIDBY LOPEZ

Student Services Coordinator

UDOKA NWANNA, Professor and Program Chair

Udoka Nwanna

Professor and Program Chair

 

After teaching at California Western School of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and University of San Diego, Professor Nwanna brings her broad range of litigation and teaching experience to join Abraham Lincoln’s full-time faculty and serve as Program Chair. At her previous institutions, Professor Nwanna taught a range of courses including legal writing, bar preparation, civil ligation skills and academic success.

Prior to embarking upon on her academia path, Professor Nwanna practiced employment law and professional liability defense after working as a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego. Before her work as a prosecutor, Professor Nwanna was an associate at national law firm focusing her practice on federal class action securities fraud litigation. Prior to becoming an associate, Professor Nwanna served as a law clerk to the Honorable John H. Houston, United States District Court, Southern District of California.

Professor Nwanna received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University and her Juris Doctor degree from California Western, with a concentration in Criminal Prosecution and Defense Practice. After her first year of law school, she served as a summer law clerk to the late Honorable Napoleon A. Jones, Jr., United States District Court, Southern District of California. After her second year, she served as a summer law clerk for the Department of the Navy, Office of General Counsel at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Professor Nwanna is admitted to the California Bar, the United States Supreme Court, as well as all United States District Courts in California. She is an active member of the legal community and spends her free time traveling, golfing, teaching art to elementary school children and volunteering at a local children’s hospital.

 

Admissions and Marketing Click on name for more information.

DANIEL JUNG, Director of Admissions and Marketing

Daniel Jung

Director of Admissions and Marketing

daniel.jung@alu.edu

 

Professor Jung teaches Torts A and Torts B in the first year of the Juris Doctor Program and has coached ALU students on Torts multiple choice and essay writing for the First Year Law Students’ Examination. As a key faculty member of ALU’s Academic Success Program, Professor Jung supports students on the technology and transition to online legal education in the first year and upper levels and runs workshops on law school skills at ALU’s Orientation. Professor Jung also teaches course topics in the Master of Science of Law program, such as Contracts and Torts.

 

Professor Jung has over four years of experience in teaching legal classes and over eight years working in civil litigation, family law, contracts, class action lawsuits and forensics. He is also responsible for keeping ALU’s technology advancing forward.

 

Professor Jung on his free time has also helped non-profit organizations with legal issues and founded a non-profit legal clinic helping those individuals that can’t afford an attorney.

 

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Education

 

  • Western State University College of Law, Juris Doctor(Scholarship Recipient)

 

  • UCLA, B.S. in Psycho-Biology, Minor in Cognitive Science and a Specialization in Computing
ISAAC HANSON, Assistant Admission Manager

ISAAC HANSON
Assistant Admission Manager

Technology Click on name for more information.

EDWIN RUIZ, IT Support Technician

EDWIN RUIZ
IT Support Technician

LACEY MADISON, IT Support Technician

LACEY MADISON
IT Support Technician

QIAN CHEN, IT Support Technician

QIAN CHEN
IT Support Technician

School of Law Faculty Click on name for more information.

SAM ABOURCHED

Sam Abourched

Professor

 

Professor Sam Abourched teaches independent study in First Amendment. Professor Abourched has his B.S. from Mount Olive College and his Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. While in law school, he clerked for the North Carolina Court of Appeals and for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

 

He was an F-15E Crew Chief in the US Air Force. After the Air Force, he worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly eleven years. He is currently a deputy district attorney in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where he handles felony trials. He is also a Captain in the Army Reserve JAG Corps.

 

Professor Abourched is admitted to the state bars of California, North Carolina (inactive), and D.C. (inactive), as well as to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

RAYMOND E. CHAO

Raymond E. Chao

Professor

 

Professor Chao teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure in the Juris Doctor Program and has coached ALU students on Criminal Law multiple choice and essay writing for the First Year Law Students’ Examination and runs workshops on law school skills at ALU’s Orientation.

 

Professor Chao received an LLM from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2000. He earned his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1996. Professor Chao also has a Master’s of Arts in Sociology from DePaul University. He holds a B.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Political Science and English.

 

Professor Chao worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor from 2001 to 2007, where he prosecuted criminal cases and conducted training sessions for attorneys and law clerks. Professor Chao also worked for NYC Children’s Services – Family Court Legal Services in Manhattan from 2008 through 2010.

 

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Education

 

  • Loyola University Chicago, J.D.

 

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A
MARCELLA DAHER

Marcella Daher

Assistant Professor and Coach

 

Marcella Daher Morrison, a Magna Cum Laude honors graduate from ALU’s Class of 2016, is the coach for ALU’s voluntary FYLSX preparation course offered to ALU students. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University in Gerontology, focusing on pre-pharmacy and medically related practices. Coach Daher Morrison has served as a teaching assistant at ALU as an upper level student for several yearly cycles, including managing timely and detailed essay grading for first year students in First Year Law Student’s Exam (FYLSX) preparation. She has extensive experience assisting ALU students with first year subjects and training students to adopt the necessary skills and practices to pass the FYLSX.

 

Marcella was a first time passer of the FYLSX exam in October 2013 and received rare scores of 80 on her Criminal Law essay and 85 on her Contracts essay. Her Contracts essay was selected and is published on the California State Bar website as a sample of exam taker performance.

 

While attending law school, Marcella interned at a family law litigator’s office in Los Angeles where she gained first hand knowledge of litigation and law office practices. She also has been commissioned to become a Notary Public in California.

 


Education

 

Abraham Lincoln University, J.D.

 

San Diego State University, Gerontology

ROSEANN FRAZEE

RoseAnn Frazee

Professor

 

Professor Frazee graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles and received her J.D. from Abraham Lincoln University School of Law.

 

Professor Frazee formed Frazee Law Group in Pasadena, where she practices family law.

 

Professor Frazee is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Pasadena Bar Association.

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Education

 

  • Abraham Lincoln University, J.D.

 

  • UCLA
DAVID GRAUBERT

David Graubert

Professor

 

Professor Graubert earned his J.D. degree at Stanford Law School in 1996. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Adelphi University in New York.

 

Prior to becoming an attorney, he taught in Los Angeles city schools for nine years, including classes in English and United States Government. Among his students were a diverse variety of immigrants from all over who had settled in L.A. and decided to become U.S. citizens.

 

While at Stanford, Professor Graubert’s background as a professional educator proved useful when he was chosen by Prof. Tom Campbell, at the time also serving as a U.S. Congressman for a district in Silicon Valley (for which Prof. Campbell regularly flew to Washington, D.C.), for a sought-after position assisting with courses in Public Policy and International Law.

 

During the semesters that Prof. Campbell was in Congress, Professor Graubert worked at the State’s teacher’s union, the California Teachers Association.

During his first summer while at Stanford, Professor Graubert was a judicial extern for Justice Ronald M. George, one the most distinguished Chief Justices of the California Supreme Court.

 

As an attorney, Professor Graubert has practiced both litigation and corporate-transactional law, both for international law firms and as in-house counsel, for clients ranging from Wall Street investment banks to Hollywood entertainment companies.

 

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Education

 

  • Stanford Law School, J.D.

 

  • Adelphi University in New York, B.A.
DEMETRIA L. GRAVES

Demetria L. Graves

Professor

 

Professor Graves teaches Community Property.

 

Demetria L. Graves was born and raised in Pasadena, California. After attending Maranatha High School and receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Graves went on to receive her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.  She then opened her very own small Family Law firm in Glendale, California in July of 2005 and became a Certified Family Law Specialist in February of 2015.

 

Professor Graves opened her firm to provide the personal service to clients not always available at a larger firm, handling all aspects of California family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, modifications, paternity, visitation rights and related legal issues. Besides her legal practice, Professor Graves became the legal chair for the YWCA of Glendale in May of 2006, and has taught with West Los Angeles Community College, earning a Teacher of the Year award in 2009. She currently serves on the board of the Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles as President-Elect, at California Women Lawyers as Judicial Committee Co-Chair and at the Langston Bar Association as the Co-Family Law Chair. Professor Graves also serves on the Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar of California.

 

Professor Graves is also an author. She was selected to submit her story in the ABA Publication titled, “The Road to Independence: 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms.” Demetria has also completed her own e-book, entitled It Doesn’t Have to Be Ugly, Steps to an Amicable Divorce. Just recently, Ms. Graves co-authored Conscious Uncoupling v. Co-Parenting With a Narcissist.

 

Other Activities and Recognitions:
On Air Commentator, Hollywood 411
On Air Commentator, Fox 11 News
On Air Commentator, TV Guide Network
2007 Winner of the Women in Business Award and Attorney of the Year
Recognized as a Rising Star in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014
Recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2015, 2016 and 2017


Education

 

Loyola Law School, J.D.

 

University of California, Berkeley, B.A.

 

Bar Admissions

California

JOHNNY DARNELL GRIGGS

Johnny Darnell Griggs

Professor

 

Professor Griggs teaches Trial Techniques at the fourth year level of the Juris Doctor Program.

 

Professor Griggs graduated from Yale Law School with a Juris Doctor Degree and from Lewis & Clark College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. He is a partner at Nolan Heimann LLP. For his entire career, Johnny has supported and facilitated the success of clients under even the most difficult and high-stakes circumstances. As a lawyer and partner at prominent firms such as Sidley Austin, Johnny has successfully represented Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized businesses and entrepreneurial enterprises in high-stakes, employment-related and complex business litigation matters.

 

As an award-winning litigator, Johnny handles all aspects of complex business litigation, including prosecution and defense of real estate and real estate-related claims, defense of toxic tort claims, defense of land subsidence claims, and defense and prosecution of claims related to complex business transactions. Johnny also lends his legal expertise to causes relating to education and urban issues. His pro bono work and public service has won him numerous accolades, including the African-American Insurance Professionals Association Community Service Award, the Los Angeles City Council Commendation for Public Service, 2003, and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California Pro Bono Civil Rights Award.

 

Representative Publications
  • Author, “Overcoming the Succession Planning Conundrum,” Law Practice, November/December 2016
  • Circuit City’ Ruling Shelves Most Arbitration Clauses, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (February 28, 2002)
  • Investigate and Remedy, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (December 27, 2001)
  • Sexual Harassment, in Law Firms?, CALIFORNIA LAWYER (June 2001)
  • Lady Justice Not Blind to Sexual Harassment in Law Firms, MICHIGAN LAWYERS WEEKLY (January 15, 2001)

 

Representative Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker, Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, Spring Taxation Conference, County Counsels’ Association of California, 2014
  • Panelist, “A Comprehensive Business Development and Digital Marketing Technology Plan: Leveraging These Tools to Achieve and Maintain Competitive Advantage” ALM LegalTech West Coast Conference, 2014
  • Speaker, “Preparing HR for Deposition and Trial,” National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, 2014
  • Speaker, “Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession,” Spring Taxation Conference, County Counsels’ Association of California, 2014
  • Speaker, Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, BUCHALTER NEMER, 2011

 

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Education

 

  • Yale Law School, J.D.

 

  • Lewis & Clark College, Bachelor of Science, Communications

 

Bar Admissions
  • California
JARED GROSS

Jared Gross

Professor

 

Professor Gross teaches Constitutional Law at the second and third level of the Juris Doctor Program.

 

Professor Gross graduated from the Santa Clara University School of Law. He now maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, CA, specializing in personal injury and business litigation.

 

Having served as a national director and multistate instructor for PMBR, a nationally-known bar examination multistate course and as Fleming’s Fundamental of Law MBE bar review instructor for the last seventeen years, Professor Gross has great expertise in the multistate bar examination area. He has authored numerous books including “The Science of the Multistate: The Formula for Multiple Choice Success, The Rules of the Road—An Introduction to the Multistate Method,” and “Constitutional Law Update: Selected 1991-1993 U.S. Supreme Court Decisions.” These publications are used as mandatory texts in several law schools throughout the country. In addition, Professor Gross has authored numerous articles that have been regularly published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

 

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Education

 

  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D.

 

  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.
RANDALL HARRIS

Randall Harris

Professor

 

Professor Harris teaches Trial Techniques.

 

Professor Harris has his B.A. in psychology from U.C.L.A. and holds a J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School.

 

Professor Harris serves as the Principal Deputy County Counsel – Dependency – Section Head, at the office of Los Angeles County Counsel, where he has worked since 1991, and currently supervises 18 lawyers.

 

For the past three years, in conjunction with the Administrative Office of the Courts, Prof. Harris has taught trial techniques to attorneys and social workers.

 

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Education

 

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School, J.D.

 

  • UCLA, B.A. Psychology
RICHARD D. HOANG

Richard Hoang

Professor

 

Professor Hoang teaches Civil Procedure, Evidence, Contemporary Ethical Issues and California Civil Litigation Before Trial in the Juris Doctor Program.

 

Professor Hoang earned his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 2004, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a minor in Piano performance from the University of California – San Diego (2000).

 

Professor Hoang is associated with the law firm of McCurdy and Leibl, LLP in Sherman Oaks, where he handles litigation. Professor Hoang also has taught at Irvine University College of Law, where he taught Civil Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Document Drafting and Transactions in Goods.

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Education

 

  • Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.

 

  • University of California – San Diego, B.S. in Chemistry
KC MARIE KNOX

KC Marie Knox

Professor

 

Professor Knox teaches Wills & Trusts.

 

Ms. Knox is an associate attorney for a general practice law firm located in Woodland Hills. Professor Knox graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara majoring in Law and Society with a Criminal Justice Emphasis. She obtained her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of San Diego. Professor Knox’s initial years were spent in the area of criminal law, focusing primarily on writs and appeals.

 

Eventually Professor Knox delved into the world of Estate and Tax Planning and after two years opened up her own independent firm continuing the practice of law in the field of Estate Planning. In the Spring of 2007, Professor Knox joined the team at Anker Reed HSC, her current firm, and has spent her time there focusing her practice of law on trust administration, estate administration (aka Probate) and litigation involving trusts and estates.

 

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Education

 

  • University of San Diego, J.D.

 

  • University of California, Santa Barbara
HALIE LEONARD

Halie Leonard

Professor

 

Professor Leonard teaches Future Interests & Mortgages and Advanced Writing in the fourth year of the Juris Doctor Program.

 

Professor Leonard is an associate attorney for a litigation firm in Los Angeles. Professor Leonard graduated from the University of Southern California, double majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies, with an emphasis in Public Policy. She obtained her Juris Doctor Degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law where she served as an editor on Law Review and earned a certificate in Public Interest and Social Justice law.

 

Professor Leonard primarily practices in the areas of bankruptcy and civil litigation. She has worked with both large and small firms and also spent two years working in solo practice. Professor Leonard has worked extensively with debtors and creditors on matters of foreclosure, short sale and bankruptcy.

 

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Education

 

  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D.

 

  • University of Southern California, Political Science and Environmental Studies
FLAVIA LLOYD

Flavia Lloyd

Professor

 

Professor Lloyd teaches Community Property at second and third year level of the Juris Doctor Program.

 

Professor Lloyd received her J.D. from Abraham Lincoln University School of Law where she received Dean’s Scholar awards and honors. While attending law school, Professor Lloyd also obtained, with honors, a Master of Arts degree in International Relations.

 

Professor Lloyd is an immigration attorney who practices family and employment-based immigration law. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and French and has over twelve years of paralegal and legal experience in the immigration law field. During her tenure as a paralegal, she was the co-chair of the Orange County Paralegal Association Immigration Section (2004-2005). She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the American Society of International Law, the International Political Science Association and honor societies such as the Golden Key Honor Society, Sigma Iota Rho Gamma Omega Honor Society and Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society.

 

Besides her practice, Professor Lloyd provides writing and analysis workshops to bar exam candidates as an instructor and devotes time to scholarly work by writing research papers and presenting them at national and international conferences.

 

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Education

 

  • Abraham Lincoln University, J.D.
ADAM MIRZA

Adam Mirza

Professor

 

Professor Mirza teaches Commercial Transactions at the fourth-year level of the Juris Doctor Program.

 

He graduated from Cleveland State University with a dual degree, a Juris Doctor Degree specializing in civil litigation and a Masters of Business Administration Degree. He received his Undergraduate Degree from the University of Toronto with a specialization in accounting.

 

Professor Mirza is a licensed attorney, a licensed CPA and a licensed real estate broker in the state of California. He works at a dual registered FINRA and SEC regulated wealth management firm and a general partner management company that manages real estate operating companies and a private money lender managing a multi-million dollar portfolio secured by commercial real estate as General Counsel. As General Counsel, he works in various legal fields including securities law/regulatory compliance, corporate law, contracts, real estate law, and litigation support. He also teaches personal finance, tax and accounting as an adjunct instructor at Cerritos College.

 

His previous work experience includes working at the top two private sector pension funds in Canada and internationally leading professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, a non-profit, an industry-leading publicly traded company, and at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.


Education

 

Cleveland State University, J.D.

 

Cleveland State University, Master of Business Administration

 

University of Toronto, Bachelor of Business Administration

 

Bar Admissions

California

STEPHEN MORGAN

Stephen Morgan

Professor

 

Professor Morgan teaches Professional Responsibility.

 

Professor Stephen Morgan has his B.A from Messiah College and his joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degree from University of Hawaii.

 

He is a Major in the Army (Reserve) JAG Corps. Professor Morgan is currently a deputy district attorney in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where he handles felony trials.

 

He is admitted to the State Bars of California, Hawai’i, and Illinois, as well as to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

 

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Education

 

  • University of Hawaii, J.D.

 

  • Messiah College
YALDA NEIL

Yalda Neil

Professor

 

Yalda Neil teaches Products Liability Litigation.

 

Professor Neil teaches Products Liability Litigation in the fourth year of the Juris Doctor Program.

 

Professor Neil has her B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and holds a J.D. from University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, where she participated in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program.

 

Professor Neil is a litigator in the Los Angeles office of Morris, Polich & Purdy. She has extensive litigation experience in a variety of commercial, business, and personal injury cases. Additionally, her practice includes the defense of healthcare providers with an emphasis on allegations of elder abuse, professional negligence, unfair business practices, fraud, and violations of statutorily-imposed duties.

 

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Education

 

  • University of Southern California, J.D.

 

  • University of California Berkeley, B.A.
JESSICA PARK

Jessica Park

Professor

 

Dean Park leads curriculum development, online assessment and program outcome tracking for the Juris Doctor program. Dean Park coordinates faculty, graders and staff regarding compliance with the rules and guidelines established by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California for distance learning Juris Doctor programs. As a faculty member, she teaches Future Interests and Mortgages at the fourth year level.

 

Dean Park is also ALU’s Chief Information Officer, who is in charge of institutional research and accreditation-related projects. Besides updating institutional leadership on higher education regulations, Dean Park volunteers as an education standards evaluator with the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and is a current member of the DEAC Standards Committee, which reviews and proposes improvements and changes to distance learning accreditation standards.

 

Dean Park holds a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in English Literature from Stanford University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences due to academic achievement. Dean Park has previously served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Michael Nash and as a law clerk for the Honorable Susan Bryant Deason.

 

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Education

 

Stanford Law School, J.D.

 

Stanford University, B.A. in English

KITO ROBINSON

Kito Robinson

Professor

 

Professor Kito Robinson teaches Corporations.

 

Professor Robinson graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in History, and a J.D. from the Howard University School of Law. She works with small businesses, including being a legal director for a tech start-up company. Currently, she focuses on compliance, corporate governance, employment, and general business law.

 

Previously, Professor Robinson worked as an associate attorney in the Corporate Bankruptcy and Creditors’/Debtors’ Rights department of a large Midwest law firm. As an associate attorney, her practice primarily focused on contract, fraud, and lender’s rights and she managed cases in state and federal courts.
She moved back to Los Angeles, California and worked as a business consultant and contract lawyer. In 2010, she used her legal background to help a small business complete a FDA compliance program and began to delve in the legal world of compliance and corporate governance. She took and passed bar admission examinations in Missouri (2003), Kansas (2004), and California (2010).

 

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Education

 

  • Howard University School of Law, J.D.

 

  • University of California Berkeley, B.A. in History
TARA JOHNSON

Tara Johnson

Professor

 

Tara Johnson teaches Real Property at the second year level of the Juris Doctor Program.

 

Professor Johnson graduated from Fordham University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree, from Terry College of Business, University of Georgia (Athens, GA) with a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Corporate Finance and Risk Management and Insurance and from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Management Information Systems. Professor Johnson has spent her entire legal career practicing or associated in some capacity with real property law as a lawyer, investor and broker.

 

Professor Johnson spent her career at Kaye Scholer LLP, Troutman Sanders LLP, CBS Outdoor and CBRE, Inc. as well as served as Chief Legal Officer at several startups in Los Angeles, CA.

 

Professor Johnson has represented developers, investors and lenders in acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing of real estate comprising of office

buildings, shopping centers, hotels, healthcare facilities and residential properties across the United States.

 

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Education

 

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.

 

  • University of Georgia, M.B.A, B.B.A
UDOKA NWANNA

Udoka Nwanna

Professor

 

After teaching at California Western School of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and University of San Diego, Professor Nwanna brings her broad range of litigation and teaching experience to join Abraham Lincoln’s full-time faculty and serve as Program Chair. At her previous institutions, Professor Nwanna taught a range of courses including legal writing, bar preparation, civil ligation skills and academic success.

Prior to embarking upon on her academia path, Professor Nwanna practiced employment law and professional liability defense after working as a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego. Before her work as a prosecutor, Professor Nwanna was an associate at national law firm focusing her practice on federal class action securities fraud litigation. Prior to becoming an associate, Professor Nwanna served as a law clerk to the Honorable John H. Houston, United States District Court, Southern District of California.

Professor Nwanna received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University and her Juris Doctor degree from California Western, with a concentration in Criminal Prosecution and Defense Practice. After her first year of law school, she served as a summer law clerk to the late Honorable Napoleon A. Jones, Jr., United States District Court, Southern District of California. After her second year, she served as a summer law clerk for the Department of the Navy, Office of General Counsel at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Professor Nwanna is admitted to the California Bar, the United States Supreme Court, as well as all United States District Courts in California. She is an active member of the legal community and spends her free time traveling, golfing, teaching art to elementary school children and volunteering at a local children’s hospital.

 

University Faculty

Elizabeth Asfaw

  • Ph.D., Organization and Management, Capella University
  • M.A., Health Care Administration, Central Michigan University
  • B.A., Medical Technology, Wayne State University
  • Certified Lab Specialist in Hematology

 

Bari Courts

  • Ph.D., Organization and Management, Capella University
  • M.B.A., Management, University of Cincinnati
  • B.A., Mathematics, Kenyon University
  • C.F.C.

 

Elycia Daniel

  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University
  • M.A., Criminal Justice, Clark-Atlanta University
  • B.A., Criminal Justice, Auburn University

 

Herbert Duvivier

  • M.D., Tufts University
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Southern California
  • A.B.I.M., Medical Oncology and Hematology

 

Lauren Hall-Davis

  • D.Min., Amridge University
  • M.A., Argosy University
  • B.A., Philosophy/Religion, University of the South
  • Certified Infant/Toddler Development Specialist

 

Christine Hansen

  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Hawai’i
  • M.A., Linguists, University of Hawai’i
  • M.A., English, San Francisco State University
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz

 

Brent Jacobs

  • M.S., Strategic Leadership, Walsh College
  • B.A., Business, Baker College

 

K.C. Marie Knox

  • J.D., Univ. of San Diego, School of Law
  • B.A., Law & Society, Univ. of Calif., Santa Barbara
  • Member, California State Bar

 

Oleg Maksimov

  • Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, City University of New York
  • B.S. Chemistry, City University of New York

 

Stephen Morgan

  • J.D., University of Hawaii
  • M.B.A., University of Hawaii
  • B.A., Political Science, Messiah College

 

Kenny Roberts

  • Ph.D., Finance Management, Walden University
  • M.B.A., National University
  • B.A., Business/Pre-Law, National University

 

Kito Robinson

  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • J.D., Howard University School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor and Practicing Attorney

 

Janice Spangenberg

  • Ph.D., Business, Regent University
  • C.A.G.S., Organizational Leadership, Regent University
  • M.A., Organizational Development, Fielding Graduate University
  • M.S., Management, Troy State University
  • B.A., Business Administration, St. Leo College

 

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