Charles Robinson

Niceville, Florida

From VHS tape to live streaming, distance education veteran earns Master's and Juris Doctor

Retired Air Force Colonel Charles M. Robinson wanted to use his Post 9/11 VA Education Benefits to study law. With no law school within 200 miles and no desire to relocate, studying law seemed out of reach. Then, he discovered Abraham Lincoln University's online Juris Doctor degree program.

Charles, who earned an MSEE in 1988 as the first graduate of NMSU's distance-learning engineering program, was excited to start studying the law. He engaged with ALU faculty and classmates weekly and even participated in a live online mock trial conducted by Trial Techniques Professor Randall Harris, Principal Deputy County Counsel at Los Angeles County Counsel. Charles graduated Summa Cum Laude and as the class valedictorian was selected for induction into Delta Epsilon Tau. His new legal education has already made an impact upon his Air Force duties; as a member of the multi-year, multi-million dollar contract source selection team, his sufficiency reviews became the standard by which all reviews were formatted, helping avert contract delays and protracted award protests in court.

Since graduation, Charles continues his passions of flying, service to the community, and mentorship. He actively volunteers with multiple charities to include Disabled American Veterans, aviation fraternities, and Sinfonia, a local music education foundation. An avid race fan, he is working with team owners and sponsors to develop new partnerships, while actively supporting NASCAR Foundation efforts and events. Having taught the Dale Carnegie Program for over a decade, he is now working with the local franchise to expand program offerings by incorporating distance learning platforms and techniques.

"ALU's program doesn't force you to give up your life to earn your JD, it goes with you. It lets you live your life. I actively participated not only from home, but from hotel rooms, outlet malls, multiple race tracks, and even walking down Bourbon Street. Harvard and Yale law students cannot make that claim."

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