NY Senate Panel Backs 1st Black Female Judge For Top Court

Law360, New York (April 30, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT) -- The New York State Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam to serve on the state's highest court, setting the stage for a Monday vote by the full Senate that could install Abdus-Salaam as the court's first African-American female judge.

During the committee's nearly 30-minute hearing, senators fervently praised Judge Abdus-Salaam for her decades of public service — spanning from her early years at East Brooklyn Legal Services Corp. to her current tenure as an Appellate Division judge — and the depth and...
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