Sheila Abdus-Salaam remembered as 'trailblazing jurist and force for good'

    By: Clair Fuller on Apr 15, 2017

    Amber Jamieson writes, "Sheila Abdus-Salaam grew up in poverty with her six siblings in Washington DC, before becoming the first African American woman to serve on New York’s highest court. On Wednesday, her body was discovered in the city’s Hudson river. Her husband had reported her missing the day before.

    “Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam was a trailblazing jurist and a force for good,” said New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, in a statement. The governor had sworn Abdus-Salaam in as an associate judge to New York’s court of appeals in 2013.

    “As the first African American woman to be appointed to the state’s court of appeals, she was a pioneer. Through her writings, her wisdom and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come,” said Cuomo.


    Her career focused heavily on social justice issues. After graduation, she worked representing the underprivileged at the East Brooklyn Legal Services. She then spent eight years working as an assistant attorney general covering civil rights and real estate financing at the New York state department of law.

    Abdus-Salaam garnered a number of legal and community awards for her service over the years, including a 2014 Trailblazers in Justice award from the state government and the 2016 Stanley H Fuld award from the New York State Bar Association."


    Released: April 15, 2017, 2:50 pm | Updated: April 21, 2017, 2:45 pm
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