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Fitch appoints high-ranking Department of Justice attorneys to senior staff roles

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Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch

Attorney General Lynn Fitch announced Friday the appointment of Scott Stewart and William C. Lamar.  Stewart will serve as Mississippi’s second Solicitor General, and Lamar is set to serve as Special Assistant Attorney General prosecuting Medicaid fraud.

“I’m pleased to add some of the country’s top legal talent, Scott Stewart and Chad Lamar, to the team of highly skilled attorneys and professionals we have assembled at the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office,” said Fitch. “Mississippi will be well-served by these well-respected and experienced attorneys who will enhance our ability to protect, defend, and improve the lives of every Mississippian.”

Stewart will be the state’s lead advocate for appellate litigation, playing a key role in the Attorney Generals’ team.

Scott Stewart is entering his new position from his old one as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. A graduate of Princeton University and Stanford Law School, Stewart brings a wealth of experience to the table, having presented more than 40 oral arguments in the federal court of appeals, working as a litigator for a private practice, and serving as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I’m honored to join the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office,” said Stewart. “I thank Attorney General Fitch for this opportunity. I look forward to fighting for Mississippi at this important time for the State and for the Nation.”

Former U.S. Attorney Chad Lamar will work with the Attorney Generals’ Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to prosecute Medicaid fraud.

Lamar is joining the office from his previous position as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi. Lamar also brings a wealth of knowledge to his new team, having served as Chief of the Criminal Division and Senior Litigation Counsel and Appellate Chief. He served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. and graduated from Millsaps and the University of Mississippi School of law and the Boston University School of Law.

“After more than 29 years of service in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Mississippi, I am excited to have the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of my home state as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office,” said Lamar. “I would like to thank Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch for this opportunity, and I look forward to working alongside the outstanding professionals in that office to help protect the public and to address legal issues that are important to Mississippi residents.”

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