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                            Nassry Banbek: Artist and Student at Abraham Lincoln
                            University School of Law
                            [By Heather Jung]
                            Nassry Banbek, who just completed his first year at Abraham Lincoln University School of Law, had an unusual start in his
                            law career. Prior to attending law school, he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in art. After realizing that art
                            was not necessarily the best way to attain his goal of helping others, he decided to pursue a law degree.

“A major component of my artwork has                Angeles-based Abraham Lincoln University            for a show, and I flew out, and I was still
always been based in legal questions and            because of the convenient class schedule.           in class. The class was broadcast over the
issues, mostly about issues of copyright,                                                               Internet,” said Banbek.
public and private image, defamation,
negligence orders,” Banbek said. “So part                                                               When he isn’t studying or working, Banbek
of that brought me, and there were certain                                                              likes to keep up with his artwork. The
things I wanted to do in my life that I knew                                                            summer before starting graduate school,
as an artist I couldn’t do, [such as helping]                                                           he went to Paris to open his own art gallery,
people out.”                                                                                            which he said was an unsuccessful venture,
                                                                                                        since he was not aware of the city’s rules
According to Banbek, his favorite part of           “There was no way that I could go to school         and regulations. Now he displays his work
studying the law has been getting to read           as a regular student during the day and             in public galleries, open galleries, and small
various cases.                                      be in law school; I had to have a full-time         galleries around Los Angeles, such as the
                                                    job. The classes set up through them are            Market Gallery. While he does traditional
“The cases that you have to read are so much        at night, and they’re archived, so it doesn’t       artwork such as painting, much of his work is
better than TV shows. It’s really funny. About      matter where my job takes me or my                  theory and concept based.
a year ago, nine months ago, Dick Cheney            artwork takes me. I had to go to New York
shot his friend; I thought that was funny. I am                                                         For one of his first projects, Banbek
in Torts now and reading torts cases; I read,         Q. What do you do for fun?                        copyrighted his soul. That copyright has
like, five cases where someone shot another           A. I call around to my friends to see who is      since lapsed, but he is now working on
hunter, a fellow hunter. I am thinking, ‘God,         having a gallery opening, so I go there. Or       another project which involves printing
this is hilarious.’ This actually does happen         when I’m not studying, which is not much, I       postcards with contracts on them that allow
more commonly than you think. Some of the             go and see live bands.                            people to sell their souls to his soul.
cases, they are funny. And the other thing is
                                                      Q. What CD is in your CD player right now?
that it’s real; there is nothing fake about it.                                                         ON THE NET
                                                      A. Kings of Leon.
As an artist, there are very few things you do
other than the physical artwork that’s real,”         Q. What is the last magazine you read?            Abraham Lincoln University School of Law
he said.                                              A. Something to do with climbing; I     
When Banbek was looking at law schools,                                                                 The Market Art Gallery
                                                      Q. What is your favorite TV show?
flexibility was a major issue. Because he                                                     
                                                      A. The only show I watch is Heroes.
had to pay back student loans from both his
undergraduate and graduate studies, he had            Q. Who is your role model?                        Los Angeles Art Galleries
to work a full-time job, leaving only evenings        A. Many. I’ve got a lot of everything.  
available for school. He chose the Los                                                                  htm


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