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This Attorney Makes History as First Muslim Woman Appearing before US Supreme Court

Michigan’s solicitor general Fadwa Hammoud will make history at 10 am Tuesday morning, as she becomes the first Arab American Muslim woman to argue before the US Supreme Court.

“On a personal level, this is the highlight of my career and I am deeply honored that the state and the attorney general have entrusted me with this argument before the highest court in the land,” Hammoud said, Detroit Free Press reported.

“But more importantly, I am passionate about the position the state is asserting, a position that ensures that federal judges … give appropriate respect and deference to our state-court decisions.”

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Hammoud was appointed by Attorney General Dana Nessel in January, 2019, becoming the first ever Muslim Solicitor General in the history of the US.

On Tuesday, she will argue the state’s position in a case looking at when and under what circumstances it’s appropriate for federal courts to reverse a state’s decision that a constitutional violation against a defendant did not affect the outcome of a trial.

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A Moment of Pride

Appointing her two years ago, Nessel said she was incredibly proud of Hammoud achievement.

“I’m incredibly proud to have (Hammoud) appear before the Supreme Court on behalf of my office. Not just because she’s the first Arab-American Muslim woman to argue before the US Supreme Court, but also because she’s such an effective advocate,” Nessel said.

Migrating to the US from Lebanon at the age of 11, Hammoud graduated from Fordson High School.

She earned a B.A. in political science and communications from the University of Michigan–Dearborn and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. In 2018, Hammoud was a member of the Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program.

Hammoud earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Communication from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and later graduated from the Wayne State University Law School. She clerked for the Judge George Steeh in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.