Ismail Mohamed and his family were forced to flee Somalia in the late 1990s as the civil war unfolded. They fled to Ethiopia and later to Kenya, pursuing his education while facing challenges as refugees in an unstable region.
Mohamed’s mother believed moving to Columbus could enable a new start to life for their family. She stressed the importance of education to all of her children, sparking Mohamed’s passion for it and the opportunities it afforded him. Mohamed graduated from high school and went on to Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Later, Mohamed earned his Law Degree also from Ohio State, becoming one of the first Somali-born attorneys licensed to practice in Ohio.
As an attorney in private practice, Mohamed knows first-hand the struggles so many families face navigating the criminal justice system and serves his community as a voice for the vulnerable.