NY Top Court Gains 1st Black Woman, Back To Female Majority

Law360, New York (May 6, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT) -- An ebullient New York State Senate approved appellate jurist Sheila Abdus-Salaam to round out the New York State Court of Appeals in a unanimous voice vote Monday that gave the state's top court its first black woman judge and returned it to a four-woman majority.

Abdus-Salaam, who had served in Manhattan's First Department — a mid-level appellate court — replaces Theodore T. Jones, the court's lone African-American judge who had sat on the bench from 2007 until his death from a heart attack in November....
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