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Michigan lawyer is first Muslim Arab American lady to face earlier than Supreme Court docket

(RNS) — Fadwa Hammoud made historical past this week when she turned the primary Muslim Arab American lady to argue a case earlier than the U.S. Supreme Court docket.

“Once we speak in regards to the Supreme Court docket bar, it’s a mirror trying down on the whole authorized career,” Hammoud stated in an interview final week, “We collectively lose when our Supreme Court docket bar just isn’t as numerous as our nation.”

Hammoud’s look was to argue within the case of Brown v. Davenport. The case issues the 2007 conviction of Ervine Davenport for homicide in Michigan. Davenport was shackled all through his trial however, no purpose for him being shackled was listed within the court docket information. His attorneys say his shackling prejudiced the jury in opposition to him.


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Fadwa Hammoud. Courtesy photograph

Hammoud’s profession has been one among historic firsts. She turned the primary Arab American Muslim solicitor common in 2019, when Lawyer Normal Dana Nessel appointed Michigan’s twelfth solicitor common. She moved to Michigan from Lebanon at age 11, ultimately graduating from Fordson Excessive Faculty in Dearborn. The varsity can be noteworthy for being a public faculty with a majority-Muslim inhabitants. A 2011 NPR report famous that 90% of the school’s population was Muslim. Robert Saleh, who turned the NFL’s first Muslim head coach earlier this 12 months, can be an alumnus of the college. Hammoud graduated from the College of Michigan, Dearborn, and later graduated from the Wayne State College Legislation Faculty. After holding a United States District Court docket clerkship, she held plenty of roles as a prosecuting lawyer in Michigan’s Wayne County.


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Hammoud’s look on the Supreme Court docket is one among a number of vital firsts for Muslims within the American authorized system in latest months. In June, Zahid Quraishi turned the primary presidentially appointed Muslim American choose to a federal court docket. The New Jersey-born former army veteran additionally holds the excellence of being the primary particular person of Asian American heritage to take a seat on the federal bench in New Jersey.

Harvard Legislation Evaluate elected its first Muslim president, Hassaan Shahawy. Within the place, the Los Angeles-born Egyptian American follows the celebrated footsteps of a number of Supreme Court docket judges and one former president of the US, Barack Obama.

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