Attorney at Law
Omavi Shukur (né D. Omavi Harshaw) represents civil and criminal clients in a variety of matters, including matters arising under federal and state civil rights law. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Shukur was one of nineteen lawyers nationwide to serve as an Equal Justice Works/Public Defender Corps Fellow at the Orleans Public Defender’s Office (OPD) in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He has won trials by judge and jury including State v. Deanta Belvin, Case No. 520-429, New Orleans District Court, in which Mr. Shukur was able to secure a not guilty in a jury trial for a client accused of a shooting at a bar on Bourbon St. in New Orleans. Mr. Shukur has also successfully litigated cases at the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Louisiana Supreme Court including State v. Courtney Thomas, 139 So. 3d 1042 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2014), in which Mr. Shukur successfully argued that a refugee from Hurricane Katrina should not have been prosecuted for charges that predated the storm. His successful appellate litigation has resulted in published opinions.
Mr. Shukur is the Director of Seeds of Liberation, an organization that works alongside Arkansas’s marginalized communities to help create a just, equitable and empowering criminal justice system. He is on the Legal Committee of the ACLU of Arkansas and is on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty. He was named one of 25 Visionary Arkansas by the Arkansas Times in 2015.
Mr. Shukur is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Columbia University in the City of New York. He is
a member of the Arkansas and Louisiana Bars.