ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder says New York's newest Court of Appeals judge has a sharp wit matched by a serious side.
Holder and Sheila Abdus-Salaam attended Columbia Law School together in the 1970s. He attended her swearing in Thursday in Albany.
Abdus-Salaam becomes the first black woman on the seven-member court.
Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy also made remarks at the swearing in.
The 60-year-old Abdus-Salaam was elected to trial-level state Supreme Court in 1993 and re-elected in 2007. She joined the state's midlevel Appellate Division court in Manhattan in 2009.
A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia, she worked for East Brooklyn Legal Services Corp., the state attorney general and New York City Office of Labor Services. She was also a judge on New York City's Civil Court.