New York State Bar Association President Seymour W. James, Jr. today commended Governor Cuomo for nominating Appellate Division Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam of New York City as an associate judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.

"Justice Abdus-Salaam is an ideal choice, having vast experience ruling on everything from corporate issues to personal injury cases to criminal matters," said James (The Legal Aid Society in New York City). "Inspired as a teenager to enter the legal profession after an encounter with civil rights attorney Frankie Muse Freeman, Justice Abdus-Salaam has followed her inspiration by serving the public throughout her distinguished career as an attorney and jurist."

For more than two decades, Justice Abdus-Salaam has served as a justice in state Supreme Court and in the Appellate Division of the First Department. She previously was an assistant state attorney general and worked with indigent clients as a staff attorney at Brooklyn Legal Services. She also is a member of the State Bar's Judicial Section.
Justice Abdus-Salaam was nominated to fill a vacancy created by the untimely death of Associate Judge Theodore T. Jones, Jr. in November. The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.

Last month, the State Bar Association gave Justice Abdus-Salaam its highest rating of "well qualified" to serve on the Court of Appeals. The Association has evaluated candidates for the Court of Appeals since 1967.

The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.


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