Omavi Shukur joined Loevy & Loevy in 2018 as a Justice Fellow. Since joining Loevy & Loevy, Mr. Shukur has focused his practice on excessive force, wrongful-conviction and prisoner-rights litigation.
Mr. Shukur is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was a student attorney at the Criminal Justice Institute. During law school, Mr. Shukur served as a summer legal clerk at the Equal Justice Initiative. After law school, Mr. Shukur joined the Orleans Public Defenders as a Public Defender Corps-Equal Justice Works Fellow. As a public defender, Mr. Shukur won multiple felony trials by judge and jury and successfully litigated matters at the Supreme Court of Louisiana.
Mr. Shukur 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., Mr. Shukur 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, Mr. Shukur 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, Mr. Shukur 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.
Mr. Shukur 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.
• Louisiana (inactive), 2012
• Arkansas, 2016
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2017
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 2016
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2018
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
• J.D. – 2012
• Role of the African American Lawyer Dean’s Scholar Prize
• A.B. – 2009
• Kluge Scholar
• Dean’s list
• Arkansas’s Manufactured Incarceration Crisis, Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service, Vol. 7, 2017
• Kitchen v. City of Chicago, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois) Trial counsel for Samuel Kitchen, who was repeatedly tased in the back while lying unarmed, face-down, on the ground of a police station. The jury found that the Chicago police officer who tased Mr. Kitchen used excessive, unconstitutional force and returned a favorable verdict for Mr. Kitchen.
• Amick v. Oregon County, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri) Litigation counsel for Michael Amick, who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder he did not commit.
• Marquez v. United States of America, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina) Litigation counsel for a transgender, undocumented immigrant who was sexually assaulted by a guard while she was detained in federal custody for unlawful entry.