In Memorium: Judge Abdus-Salaam

The Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam's Joint Bar Memorial Service:

DATE: Monday, May 1, 2017

TIME: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

LOCATION: NYC Bar Association; 42 West 44th Street; New York, NY 10036

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For those who are unable to attend, we encourage you to submit condolences and reflections that will be circulated to the family in a memorial tribute book by clicking here. Simply fill out the form and click "submit".

A public memorial service for Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam will be held on Friday, May 26 at  noon at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City.

For more information on the Public Memorial Service, visit: or contact Rebecca Wilson at

Statements from Judge Abdu-Salaams family:

The Rev. Canon Gregory A. Jacobs Statement

Turner Family Statement


MBBA's Statement on the Passing of the Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam

To all of our 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.

In Service,
President Paula T. Edgar and the Board and Officers of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association