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Children are taught from a young age to respect authority. Teens are then conditioned even further to believe that people in powerful positions know what’s best for them. We learn early on that questioning authority leads to negative consequences.

Makiba Gaines is a lawyer with her own firm in Virginia Beach, and she couldn’t disagree more. “This is wrong on so many levels,” Gaines explains. “People are certainly meant to question authority and to hold those in power accountable.

Our current justice system is in place for this very reason. There are institutions in place that promote transparency and honesty. Our judicial system is meant to help those in need and to give them an opportunity to be heard and listened to with respect.”

Children should be taught to question authority when it comes to their rights.

One issue Gaines hopes to bring to light is the shocking trend of school officials colluding with law enforcement to arrest and convict students of crimes. This trend seems to disproportionately impact black males across the United States.
“Parents unknowingly give school officials too much power over their children by signing the Student Code of Conduct at the beginning of the school year.” – Makiba Gaines

“Parents must know that we are no longer in positions to blindly trust school officials to care for and protect our children while they are at school. School officials and police officers believe it’s constitutionally permissible to work together to arrest children and to place them in the criminal justice system with virtually no chance of defending themselves at trial,” Gaines says.

In these situations, your child’s freedom and future could be in jeopardy.

“We are taking a stand against this unjust practice. Until real reform occurs, in Court or in the legislature, parents are justified to treat all school disciplinary interactions as law-enforcement interrogations, to consult with an attorney about their child’s rights, and to have that attorney present at school during any questioning where the potential for criminal charges exists.”

Lawyers should be courageous when selecting cases.

“We have to break down barriers and give people access to justice by representing deserving persons who may not otherwise have legal representation due to the complexity of their legal issues or financial challenges. We have to drive policy by litigating unique and challenging issues in appellate courts and in federal courts,” Gaines states.

She further says, “As lawyers, we are afforded both the privilege and the power to challenge status quos. Many lawyers are overly concerned with the potential of losing cases that they lose focus on the real objective, which is setting wind to the wave that could roll for generations. Imagine if no one had the courage to represent Oliver Brown and the other students in their claims against the Board of Education. We have to be courageous in the face of controversy.”

Makiba Gaines says her firm is an abolitionist law firm.

Rather than putting money and business first, we have a client-centered focus that helps us get results for our clients. From civil rights and other civil litigation to writs of actual innocence, appeals, and habeas corpus petitions—we are ultimately just trying to do the right thing for people.”

Polaris Law Firm is an abolitionist law firm owned by a black woman. Makiba Gaines founded the firm in 2021 when she was just three years out of law school.

Polaris – pragmatically known as the North Star – is an ode to Gaines’s Christian faith and her Black American heritage. It was the North Star that led the three wise men to Jesus Christ and Harriet Tubman to freedom. We are a freedom-loving law firm dedicated to upholding all ideals of freedom.
For more information, visit: or call 757-322-7826

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