Fadwa Hammoud is the first ever Arab-American Muslim solicitor general
- 13 February 2019
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When Fadwa Hammoud was sworn in as Solicitor General of Michigan with a Quran held in the hands of her young son, she scored no less than three firsts. Hammoud, who immigrated to the United States as an 11-year-old from a small town in Lebanon, has become the nation’s first Arab-American and the first Muslim solicitor general as well as the first woman appointed to the job in Michigan.
“Yes, it’s true that an Arab Muslim person hasn’t held this office before,” Hammoud said during the swearing-in ceremony, which took place at her alma mater, Fordson High School. “I carry those identities and all that they teach me about loving equity and justice with me into this work.”
She added: “With that said, it is with great hope for the future of our state, and because of the strength each of you has given me, I am prepared to elevate my level of service to represent our state in the highest of courts as your Solicitor General.”
From Fordson, Hammoud went to Harvard and eventually to the office of the Wayne County Prosecutor. Her former boss of eight years, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, was present on stage at the ceremony. “I was quite upset when I found out that Hammoud was leaving the office. But I knew how important it was for her to take the position,” The State News quoted Worthy as saying.
“When Hammoud started, she was a very young lawyer,” Worthy continued, “and I started hearing about how she was handling these big cases. She’d only been in the office for a short while. Then I found out not only was she well-suited, not only was she a natural born leader, not only was her decision-making second to none, but I realized just how very talented she was.”
“This is such a big deal, this is such a piece of history,” Worthy said.
(Editing by Seban Scaria firstname.lastname@example.org)
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