Hakeem Muhammad grew up on the Southside of Chicago in the midst of a neighborhood plagued by gang warfare, poverty, and drug trafficking. That environment motivated him, while a student at Martin Luther King Jr. High-School, to get involved with anti-gang violence initiatives that connected institutional racism with gang conflict in Chicago’s Black communities.   That work led him to extensive involvement with the African-American Male Initiative(AAMI) to help low-income Black students from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve academic success.


As a college student at the University of West Georgia, Muhammad was a nationally ranked debater, consistently ranked in the country’s top ten. These debates argued a variety of contentious political and philosophical issues.   He taught his verbal skills at prestigious debate programs including Harvard University, U.C. Berkeley, and Michigan State.

Muhammad is currently a Public Interest Law Scholar at Northeastern University School of Law. His law career is driven by the motto of William Kunstler, the “radical lawyer” who defended members of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, who stated, “my representation of Black defendants has been motivated by one of my strongest beliefs: that our society is always racist. Black people rarely get justice in our courts, so, for me, cases in which defendants are Black are political.”  

As a summer intern in New York, Muhammad has worked on the legal defense of alleged high profile gang members on drug charges. He has also defended Black men charged with misdemeanors and felonies ranging from drug distribution  to illegal possession of weapons.

Muhammad has also propelled several initiatives to bring legal education to Black communities on a grassroots level.  He is the founder of “Black Legal Talk” an education blog and podcast on legal issues impacting Black communities. As a public intellectual and a scholar on issues relating to the Black community, and the Law, Muhammad is available for lectures, and public speaking engagements.

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