Mohammed Obaid’Ur Shariff
Major: Public Interest Law
School: University of Houston Law Center
Sponsor: Foundation for Intelligent Giving (FIG)
Mohammed Obaid Shariff is currently enrolled in his final year of law school at the University of Houston Law Center. In the past year Mohammed has worked at the Harris County District Attorney’s office where he assisted in the prosecution of felonious crimes such as murder and domestic violence.
Assisting those who are less fortunate has been firmly instilled in Mohammed from a very young age. At the age of 14, Mohammed began volunteering at a local non-profit healthcare clinic called Shifa Clinic where he helped physicians provide free healthcare services to low-income families in the community, who otherwise would be unable to afford a basic visit to the doctors office. Over time Mohammed was entrusted with more responsibility and he became the lead coordinator at the clinic making sure all patients were provided the best care available. At the age of 19, Mohammed founded a non-profit organization called WALI Foundation which stands for Women’s Assistance & Learning Initiative. This organization helps women who are widowed, divorced, abused and/or abandoned with numerous social services including, but not limited to, rent assistance and access to free health and legal care. Since it’s formation the organization has assisted over 50 families across the United States with over $60,000 in rent and bill assistance, not including the professional services provided (i.e. healthcare, counseling, legal assistance).
Mohammed graduated in 2014 and is currently a practicing attorney.