Distinguished Alumni: Rising Star Liku T. Amadi Found Community, Black Excellence at Sac State

Liku T. Amadi, who quit his corporate law job to found the non-traditional law firm Anasa, also helps business owners understand the legal system and founded a Bay Area-based community for millennial professional black women. (Courtesy of Liku Amadi)

When Liku T. Amadi arrived in Sacramento State, it was her first time away from home.

“I definitely had to learn the discipline of studying and networking, and how to navigate on my own — paying the bills, eating out, all that stuff,” Amadi said.

She quickly found support and community by joining groups such as the Nu Lambda Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Black Student Union, and the Cooper Woodson College Enhancement Program.

“I relied a lot on the support of the black community,” Amadi said. “But (Sac State) was also very diverse, so I got to experience other cultures by going to other events and supporting other organizations.”

Amadi, who received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Sac State in 2013, is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award for her many accomplishments and contributions to her community. The Sacramento State Alumni Association will honor him and other alumni at a celebration and dinner on Thursday, October 13.

In 2017, Amadi graduated magna cum laude from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, and in 2021, while in the first trimester of her pregnancy, she quit her corporate law job to found Anasa Law Firm. .

Amadi said her mother suggested the name Anasa, which means luxury in Swahili, based on the family’s Tanzanian cultural roots.

“When business owners come for legal services, it’s not the most attractive and fun thing to deal with, but it’s very necessary and required in all aspects of business,” said Amadi, who grew up in the East Bay city of Pittsburgh. “I wanted people to feel comfortable, luxurious, stress-free when working with me.”

The non-traditional virtual law firm charges flat rates rather than hourly rates. It aims to help small business owners meet their legal needs and teach them how to navigate the legal system and make informed and strategic business decisions for themselves.

Amadi, who also teaches the legal basics of online business and speaks about motherhood and entrepreneurship, said she hopes being recognized as a Distinguished Alumni Award winner will make her even more visible to young people. black women who seek to follow his example.

“I think the energy is contagious,” Amadi said. “So when other young black female law students or young female lawyers see that in me, I think they want to be that too, which is the opposite of what we’re taught to be when it comes to working in an enterprise system. ”

Continuing to advocate for the benefit of support found in small groups and building on her passion for helping people, Amadi founded Tryb in 2019. It is a Bay Area community for women entrepreneurs black millennials and career professionals providing opportunities for networking, attending events, and supporting each other. Although Tryb suspended operations during the pandemic, Amadi says she will bring it back next summer on a larger scale.

Amadi plans to continue serving business owners and teaching them the value of legal services. She hinted that she had “lots more to come”.

“(The Rising Star Award) makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something,” Amadi said. “Being recognized by my alma mater in a way that says I’m up and coming makes me feel like I’m more of an example to young black women after me.”

About Daniel Wilson

Daniel Wilson joined Sac State’s communications team in 2022 as a writer and editor. He previously worked at the Sacramento Bee as a producer and audience engagement reporter. He graduated from Sac State with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2018. He plays video games, watches professional wrestling, and enjoys spending time with his wife and cat.

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