The Day That Symbolizes Our Freedom To Raise Awareness That We’re Still Not Free

The 13th amendment was Passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865, the 13th amendment abolished slavery in the United States and provides that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Since there was no social media or any other mass media, Florida didn’t get the official word until May 20th and others like Texas didn’t get the word until June 19th 1865. Growing up we celebrated Emancipation...

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New Florida Law Silences Voices And Continues Systemic Racism Across Communities

By Mutaqee Akbar Fifteen to 20 years from now, the years 2020 and 2021 will be their own chapters in history books. The discussion in those history books will be just as much about the COVID-19 pandemic as it will be about the peaceful protests against systemic racism and police violence inflicted on minorities in the United States. Time Magazine’s The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project analyzed more than 7,750 Black Lives Matter demonstrations in all 50 states and Washington DC between May 26 and August 22. Of those demonstrations, more than 93 percent were peaceful. On...

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Celebrating National Foster Care Month

By Brandi Thomas For all of us, family is where our story begins.  However, that family story isn’t always a fairy tale.   Sometimes the story includes disruptions resulting in children and youth needing to be separated from their parents, other times family members may have to step in and care for a child or youth when a parent cannot care for them appropriately. All of these are challenging situations that often require additional assistance and support beyond a family’s capabilities.   That’s where community resources play a vital role in helping families get back...

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Women’s History Month: Celebrating Akbar’s Leader Attorney Brandi Thomas

Today, the last day of Women’s History Month, we want to acknowledge a woman that has helped this firm to grow and continue to improve the lives of everyone she touches. Attorney Brandi Thomas joined the Akbar Law Firm (ALF) in 2013, after relocating from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Tallahassee, Florida. Prior to joining ALF, Attorney Thomas owned her own law firm where she handled primarily civil and family law matters. Prior to starting and operating her own firm, Attorney Thomas was an Assistant Public Defender in Broward County’s Public Defender’s Office, representing those who needed...

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Akbar Law Teams With Popular Superheroes To Train Local High School Students To Become Lawyers For A Day

The Attorneys at Akbar Law Firm are dedicated to the community they serve. Akbar Law Firm recently partnered with Rickards High School to help inspire the next generation of lawyers dedicated to Freedom, Justice, and Respect. Akbar Law, with the aid of their marketing partners, selected a group of students who expressed interest in pursuing careers in law to participate in a Marvel-themed mock trial event. #Go2Trial day, however, took place over the course of many weeks. After the students were divided into three teams; FREEDOM, JUSTICE & RESPECT, Akbar Law attorneys hosted catered coaching...

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