MICHIGAN – Fadwa Hammoud, who was appointed by Attorney General Dana Nessel in January, has been sworn in as the first ever Muslim Solicitor General in the history of the US, State News reported Tuesday.
Hammoud made history as she was sworn-in on the Qur’an held in the hands of her young son.
“Yes, it’s true that an Arab Muslim person hasn’t held this office before. I carry those identities and all that they teach me about loving equity and justice with me into this work,” said Hammoud who is also the first woman to be appointed to the job in Michigan.
“Believe me when I say that words would fail in describing my gratitude today,” 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.”
The ceremony took place at Hammoud’s alma mater, Fordson High School. After graduation, she went on to Harvard and eventually to the office of the Wayne County Prosecutor.
On stage with the Lebanese Muslim immigrant mother were: Nessel, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, and Arab American News publisher Osama Siblani.
Worthy, Hammoud’s former boss for eight years, expressed lighthearted grievances about losing her best attorney to the Solicitor General position.
“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,” Worthy expressed.
“If I didn’t understand that before when I heard your applause for her — when I see the breadth and depth of the community support, she has — I get it now.”
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She continued that: “When Hammoud started, she was a very young lawyer … 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.”