DEARBORN — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel appointed Dearborn Public Schools Trustee Fadwa Hammoud as the state’s new solicitor general Jan. 14. Hammoud, the nation’s first Arab-American solicitor general, will take the lead on criminal cases against state officials over the Flint water crisis.
Special Prosecutor Todd Flood, who was appointed three years ago by former Attorney General Bill Schuette, now reports to Hammoud.
“Attorney General Dana Nessel asked me to serve,” said Hammoud, a former lead attorney in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. “It was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. This is an honor on so many levels.”
“Speaking on the behalf of the entire college community, I am very happy for Trustee Hammoud, and I wish her all the best in her new position,” said Henry Ford College President Russell Kavalhuna. The Dearborn School Board also serves as the HFC Board of Trustees.
“I have no doubt that she will bring the same dedication, integrity, and hard work to her appointment as solicitor general as she has while serving on the Henry Ford College Board.”
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy also had high praise for Hammoud.
“Attorney General Nessel’s appointment of Fadwa Hammoud to serve as Michigan’s next Solicitor General is a brilliant choice,” Worthy said. “She is a visionary with an excellent work ethic. This is bittersweet for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and for me personally. Fadwa has served all Wayne County residents with integrity, distinction, and honor.
“We are sad to see her leave Wayne County service, but the citizens of the entire state will be the beneficiary of her fairness and impressive reputation.”
Hammoud emigrated to the United States from Lebanon with her family at age 11. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and her juris doctor from the Wayne State University Law School. She also completed the Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School last year.
Hammoud has served the community in multiple capacities. She serves as a board member of the Islamic Center of America and past board member of the Government Bar Association, the Dearborn Education Foundation, and the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
She is a member of several organizations, including the League of Women Voters, American Arab Political Action Committee, American Association of University Women, and is a volunteer mentoring attorney for the Women Lawyers Association. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Arab American Chamber of Commerce and the Public Service Award from the Arab American Political Action Committee.
“Fadwa Hammoud has served the Dearborn school community with enthusiasm and determination,” Board President Mary Petlichkoff said. “Her support for programs and policies that increase student success reflects her dedication to her role as a board member. This new commitment will serve her well as she tackles this next ambitious career opportunity. We wish her all the best.”
“It was my privilege to work with Trustee Hammoud as an assistant prosecutor and as a Henry Ford College trustee and a member of the Dearborn Board of Education,” said Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Mariam Bazzi, a former board trustee. “I have had the opportunity to observe her work, professionalism, and advocacy in those roles, and I believe she is the ideal pick for the solicitor general position. I know she will serve the state of Michigan with integrity and distinction,”
Hammoud lives in Dearborn with her husband, attorney Ali Hammoud, and their two children.