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Mohammed was born in Hyderabad. He emigrated to the United States in 1980 while a teenager. He was naturalized in New Jersey, abandoned an engineering career and became a lawyer. He received his law degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993.
Sohail Mohammed specialized in immigration law with a practice in Clifton. He was involved in training “over 7,000 members of the law enforcement community about Islamic Cultural and Religious Practices.” As a lawyer he represented dozens of detainees swept up by law enforcement after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and Mohammad Qatanani, a Paterson imam who in 2008 fended off charges by the Department of Homeland Security that he had ties to Hamas. Mohammed publicly defended Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative Sami Al-Arian following a 2003 indictment which alleged he was a North American leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Fort Dix Six in 2007. He is a founder and board member of the American Muslim Union.
Sohail Mohammed was sworn into office in July 2011, becoming New Jersey’s second Muslim judge in the Superior Court.
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