Cuomo Picks Judge in City to Fill Spot at Top Court

Nominated to New York State's top court, Shelia Abdus-Salaam began her legal career as a staff attorney at East Brooklyn Legal Services, Corporation A (1977-1980).

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Marc Santora
New York Times (NYT)
April 5, 2013
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Organizations mentioned/involved: Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A (BKA)


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo nominated Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam on Friday to fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court, and if confirmed, she would become the first African-American woman to serve on it.

She is an associate justice of the First Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court. Her appointment to the State Court of Appeals would fill a vacancy created by the death of Judge Theodore T. Jones Jr. in November.
Earlier in her career, Justice Abdus-Salaam, 61, served as a New York City Civil Court judge. She previously worked as a lawyer with East Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation and the city’s Law Department, and as general counsel to the city’s Office of Labor Services.

She earned her law degree at Columbia University School of Law.