MBBA Members and Supporters:
Our MBBA member the Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam was a trailblazer in the legal community. She was the first African American woman on the New York State Court of Appeals taking the bench in 2013. Gov. Andrew Cuomo described her as “a pioneer” who “through her writings, her wisdom and her unshakeable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.” The MBBA knew Judge Abdus-Salaam not only as a jurist but also as a stellar public interest lawyer committed to achieving justice through her work with East Brooklyn Legal Services Corp., the City Law Department and the NYC Office of Labor Services. As a member, she was a strong advocate and supporter of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and role model to all who knew her. We were privileged to honor her as our Jurist of the Year in 2014. She will be fondly remembered and deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Judge Abdus-Salaam’s family and as soon as it is available, we will forward information on funeral and memorial arrangements as well as any preferred charity designated for donations in her memory.
President Paula T. Edgar and the Board and Officers of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association