Sandy and Braun at Riprap Studio Theatre

About

Sandy’s Biography

I graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a BA in Theatre and Drama. I was accepted to Business School and opted out to go to New York to continue acting on a professional level. While touring the country as an actress however, I was also studying for the LSAT! I just could not stop studying! After the national tour ended, I moved to Los Angeles and continued performing on stage and television, waitressing and temping in law firms (and other industries) during the down time and auditioning, auditioning, auditioning. I have performed with James Earl Jones, Candice Bergen, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others. I have screen tested for Quincy Jones and Sidney Lumet to name a few. I have a passion for learning and if I wasn’t applying to a graduate program (or deferring one) I was in class. I have actually always been in school in some way, shape or fashion. From three years of French at LA Valley College to online learning via Lynda.com (love it!), I am a perpetual learner. What better profession than law, eh? You can never know “all” the law.

Riprap Entertainment

In 1999, I formed Riprap Entertainment, an online promotion of writers world-wide that grew into a brick and mortar operation on Lankershim Boulevard for eight years where I produced live theatre and a television show on KVMD here in Los Angeles. I worked with amazing talent and Riprap Entertainment remains in existence but has taken a back seat to my law practice.

Actress / Writer / Producer / Lawyer

While operating the theatre as a producer, writer and actress, I also wrote the contracts and handled all legal matters. I remained desperate to use “the other side” of my brain. A true multi-tasker. I finally found an advanced degree program that fit my schedule in Abraham Lincoln University (“ALU”) where I earned my J.D. and graduated valedictorian. ALU afforded me an opportunity to pursue a higher degree without going into massive debt or putting my life on hold since it was a part-time program. After graduation, I began volunteering at Public Counsel while waiting on my Bar results. I was shocked to find that I thoroughly enjoyed bankruptcy. My love was further enabled by the supportive attorney staff at Public Counsel. They support the volunteer attorneys while working at the self-help desk and privately when needed. Public Counsel maintains a highly competent, compassionate and friendly staff. I also volunteer at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, assisting people seeking divorce and child custody. I am honored to assist such amazing organizations. Helping others is quite humbling and gratifying.

After associating with more experienced colleagues and continuing my night job, I opened my own solo office in Van Nuys in 2010. My prior experience as a waitress, temp, actress, writer, producer and theatre owner gives me insight and understanding of my clients. I have worn many hats which means I can empathize with a wide variety of human experiences. I am a risk taker and a people person. I know I can learn something from everyone who steps into my office. I also understand paralyzing fear and if I can alleviate your fears in some minor way, I am happy. I know that positive growth and change can be painful. So I always want to inspire and encourage all of my friends and clients to stay positive, stay challenged and to be fearless. Don’t be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone. It’s a good place to be and often well worth it.

Group Affiliations

I have recently served on the Board of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. as Corresponding Secretary, Internet Chair and Publicity Chair. I am proud to say that I was instrumental in implementing a Member Directory that has benefitted the organization. I have met wonderful, supportive attorneys via my participation and remain amazed at how hard my colleagues work to improve society during their “down time.” I created and manage All Things ALU (“ALU”), an Alumni site dedicated to nurturing the students and alumni.

I am a current member of cdcbaa (Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Association), the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California, the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc., and a former member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, San Fernando Bar Association, NACBA (National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys), and the American Bar Association.

In addition to my law practice, I have also enjoyed tutoring students for the Baby Bar and the California Bar Exam. Although I have pulled back on my hourly tutoring, I am always willing to chat with students about taking and preparing for the CA General Bar Exam. I received a grade of “A” on the Baby Bar and passed the General Bar only 23 days after graduating, while working a full-time job and without taking a traditional bar review course. Students and new lawyers check out my labor of love All Things ALU.

Education

Abraham Lincoln University, J.D., Valedictorian (2009)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Bachelor of Arts, Theatre & Drama, School of Literature, Science and Arts

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

State of California (2009)
USDC, Central District of California (2010)
USDC, Central District of California Bankruptcy Court (Riverside, Ventura, LA, Woodland Hills) (2010)
USDC, Eastern District of California (Sacramento, Modesto, Fresno, Bakersfield) (2010)

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

ABA – American Bar Association (2009-2010)
Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (Member 2009-Present)
Corresponding Secretary, Internet Committee Chair, Publicity Chair (2011-2012)
Internet Committee Chair (2012-2013)
cdcbaa – Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Association (2010-Present)
NACBA – National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (2009-2010)

San Fernando Bar Association (2009-2012)
Actors Equity Association – (1990-Present)
Screen Actors Guild (1991-Present)

Volunteer Activities

Volunteer, Public Counsel – (2010-Present)
Volunteer, Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law – (2012-Present)

Websites and Blogs

Sandy’s Law Firm
Sandy on Facebook
ALU Alumni Site (a personal labor of love)
All Things ALU YouTube Channel
Legal Lasses
BeatYourThief
GoRillaJib.com
Riprap Entertainment YouTube Channel

Riprap Entertainment, est. 1999. This web site is the history of my entertainment company Riprap Entertainment and eight years at my theatre at5755  Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, California.

est. 1999. [rip-rap] to construct with or strengthen by stones, either loose or fastened with mortar.