Dearborn’s Fadwa Hammoud appointed as Michigan’s solicitor general


Wayne County assistant prosecutor and Dearborn School Board trustee Fadwa Hammoud became the first Arab American, Muslim solicitor general in the United States after being appointed by Attorney General Dana Nessel this month.
Among her responsibilities as solicitor general, Hammoud will oversee major criminal cases including the Flint water crisis.
The Solicitor General is appointed to argue cases on behalf of the state in the federal court system, and is also responsible for filing cases to the Court of Appeals.
Working directly below the attorney general, the Solicitor General plays an important role in representing the needs of the state specifically, receiving direction Nessel and other elected officials.
Hammoud replaces Aaron Lindstrom who was appointed by former Attorney General Bill Schuette.
At the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office Hammoud was a lead attorney and she established the Business Protection Unit. She also prosecuted criminal enterprise, homicide, financial crime and identity theft.
She was first appointed to fill a vacancy on the Dearborn Board of Education in 2015 before winning a seat on the board in the 2016 elections.
Community members poured congratulatory messages to Hammoud after her election.
“Beyond proud of my friend and big sister Fadwa Hammoud for being a compassionate prosecutor, an amazing mom, and Michigan’s newest Solicitor General! You’re an inspiration to little girls everywhere, and all of us grown-ups too,” community activist Adham Kassem wrote on Facebook.
“Michigan is lucky to have you. Glass ceiling: Shattered.”
Nessel, a progressive attorney, who won the election in November, had vowed to assemble a diverse staff.
“I am proud of the seasoned veterans who have chosen to return to state government – and to those who have already committed their careers to public service,” Nessel said in a statement after announcing her executive team.
“Today’s appointments show a diverse cross-section of Michigan. I am proud of the team we have built to advocate for and protect all Michiganders. Together we will bring the Department of the Attorney General back to the people of our state.”