Attorney at Law
Omavi Shukur (né D. Omavi Harshaw) represents civil and criminal clients in a variety of matters, including racial discrimination, class action usury and Truth in Lending Act claims.
Mr. Shukur has composed trial court and appellate briefs, pre-trial factual and legal submissions, complaints, answers and legal memoranda. He has also successfully litigated dispositive and discovery motions.
Mr. Shukur currently represents a school district challenging Arkansas’s racially segregative school choice policies and practices. Has has recently negotiated a settlement on behalf of black students challenging a school district’s discriminatory allocation of high-quality educational resources and top-end facilities after obtaining favorable rulings denying the school district’s motion to dismiss and motion for summary judgment.
He has won felony criminal defense trials by judge and jury in Arkansas and Louisiana.
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.
He is an adjunct professor at the William H. Bowen School of Law, where he teaches Critical Race Theory.
Mr. Shukur is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Columbia University in the City of New York.
Arkansas; Louisiana; United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas; United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit