Graduates of the online law degree program at Abraham Lincoln University now participate in new student orientation, sharing their experiences, and discussing the conveniences of and strategies for studying law online. Past alumni panel participants have included Jerry Butler, Sandra Nutt, RoseAnn Frazee, Shannon Blanchard, Mary Caruso, Greg Yacoubian and Jonathan Kramer.
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I graduated from ALU in 2011 with a Juris Doctor Degree and started my own law firm (Downtown LA Law Group) that same year. I’ve been a Partner at the Downtown LA Law Group for over 6 years now, which has been my goal ever since I can remember. My primary responsibilities are reviewing new files for litigation and preparing cases for trial. I think ALU really provided me with the skills and confidence that I needed to excel in my current position. Their JD program is light years ahead of anything else available for law students, and I feel that the online model could be the future of law schools.
Learn more about Farid:
ALU Alumnus Farid Yaghoubtil on Becoming an Attorney with His Own Personal Injury Law Firm
I graduated Cum Laude from Abraham Lincoln University’s School of Law in 2011. I was able to achieve a successful balance between being a student and a full-time Paralegal, studying and attending classes on evenings and weekends, not only because of ALU’s online platform but because I’ve been working since I was in high school when my father became disabled. Since then I have transitioned from a management career in the corporate world to practicing law, after having observed years of abuse of wrongfully terminated and injured workers. That’s when I returned to school and received my Paralegal Certification from UCLA in 2000. I then began my career as a plaintiff’s personal injury paralegal which ultimately inspired me to earn my Juris Doctor years later. Today, I’m a practicing Attorney in the areas of personal injury, including catastrophic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, product liability, wrongful death, elder abuse, and insurance bad faith and have settled cases in excess of $50 million dollars. For more than 18 years now I have been an advocate on behalf of plaintiffs and have taken the lessons I learned from working all my life to strive to help individuals who have been wrongly injured, obtain justice.
Mary has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2016 to 2022, and was featured an article “Better Late” published in their 2020 Southern California Rising Stars Magazine.
A Facebook Post from Mary, dated October 11, 2021:
I am currently the sole attorney in Frazee Law Group, but I do contract with other attorneys as needed. I began my legal career working as a law firm receptionist when I was 20 years old and eventually realized that I preferred working on legal cases rather than dealing with managerial tasks. While I attended Abraham Lincoln University School of Law, from 2004-2008, I worked during the day as a litigation paralegal preparing for and participating in court trials, and went to law school at night and weekends. I took the California Bar at 65 years of age in 2008 and passed on the first attempt. Throughout my working years at law firms, I was told many times that I would never become an attorney, and look at me now! I have been recognized for many legal accomplishments since, but my highest personal achievement has been being admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 2016. I truly enjoyed my time at ALU, particularly working in study groups and experiencing the friendly atmosphere that the professors created. I am still friends with many of my fellow ALU classmates.
I graduated from ALU in 2017 with a Juris Doctor Degree while working full-time as an HR executive for one of the nation’s largest aviation and maritime ports in Oakland, CA. With ALU’s support, I became a California licensed attorney-at-law when I passed the bar exam on my first try that same year. I’m especially grateful for ALU’s flexible learning method since without it I wouldn’t have been able to hold such a demanding position while earning my JD. In my current role as a Labor and Employment Attorney for Wiley Price & Radulovich, LLP I am able to utilize my expertise representing employers in a union environment, including labor negotiations, changes to existing terms and conditions of employment and/or the effects of those changes, and the meaning and application of labor contract provisions.
I graduated from ALU in 2005 and passed the California Bar Exam (CBX) that same year. I own a solo practice under Marapao Law Offices, P.C. and was formerly the Managing Partner of Bunagan, Marapao & Associates, LLP, from 2008-2014. When I enrolled in ALU, I was already an attorney from the Philippines with a Bachelor’s degree. While attending classes, I enjoyed the option to work online or physically attend sessions which I did nearly every Saturday. Without ALU I am not sure if I would have been prepared to sit for the CBX and am very proud to be an Abraham Lincoln University School of Law Alumnus.
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