|Associate Justice of the First Judicial Department|
|Appointed by||David Paterson|
|Justice on the New York Supreme Court, 1st Judicial District|
|Judge on the New York City Civil Court|
|Alma mater||Barnard College
Columbia Law School
Sheila Abdus-Salaam (born 1952) is a judge on the New York Court of Appeals. She is the first black woman to be appointed to a seat on New York's highest court.
Early life and education
Prior to joining the bench, she worked as a staff attorney for Brooklyn Legal Services and served in the New York State Department of Law as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights and Real Estate Financing Bureaus. She subsequently served on the New York City Civil Court from 1992 to 1993. She was a New York Supreme Court Justice, from 1993 to 2009. She was designated as a Justice for the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department in 2009 by Governor David Paterson. She was an Associate Justice of the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department from 2009 until her elevation in 2013.
She was nominated by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on April 5, 2013 to fill the vacancy on the New York Court of Appeals created by the death of Judge Theodore T. Jones. She was confirmed without opposition by a voice vote held on May 6, 2013.
- Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam at NY Court System