Omavi Shukur joined Loevy & Loevy in 2018 as a Justice Fellow.
Omavi is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was a student attorney at the Criminal Justice Institute. During law school, Omavi served as a summer legal clerk at the Equal Justice Initiative. After law school, Omavi joined the Orleans Public Defenders as a Public Defender Corps-Equal Justice Works Fellow. As a public defender, Omavi won multiple felony trials by judge and jury and successfully litigated matters at the Supreme Court of Louisiana.
Omavi then joined John W. Walker, P.A., in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he prosecuted civil rights and consumer rights claims. At John W. Walker, P.A., Omavi negotiated a settlement on behalf of black students who challenged the Little Rock School District’s racially discriminatory allocation of high-quality educational resources and top-end facilities after obtaining favorable rulings denying the school district’s dispositive motions.
While in Little Rock, Omavi founded Seeds of Liberation, a non-profit organization that works alongside Arkansas’s marginalized communities to help create a more just, equitable and empowering criminal justice system. In this capacity, Omavi worked with a group of formerly incarcerated Arkansans to successfully bring an end to the ban on people with felony drug convictions receiving food stamps and welfare benefits in Arkansas.
Omavi has previously taught Critical Race Theory as an adjunct professor at the William H. Bowen School of Law and trial advocacy as an instructor at the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop.
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
• U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
• U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
• U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
• J.D. – 2012
• Role of the African American Lawyer Dean’s Scholar Prize
• A.B. – 2009
• Kluge Scholar
• Arkansas’s Manufactured Incarceration Crisis, Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service, Vol. 7, 2017