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The Life And Tragic Death Of The First Black Female Judge On New York’s Highest Court (Buzzfeed)

Buzzfeed, April 13, 2017

The Life And Tragic Death Of The First Black Female Judge On New York’s Highest Court

“With her death, Abdus-Salaam leaves behind a storied career of — as her colleague John Kiernan, President of the New York City Bar Association described it — ‘Keeping an eye on the little guys and the underdogs.’….After law school, Abdus-Salaam started her career at East Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation, a federally funded program coordinating legal assistance for the poorest people in Brooklyn — one of the lowest paying jobs in the profession at the time. ‘It is retail human vulnerability. One person at a time, work like hell to save them,’ Kiernan said in describing the job. ‘My personal view is that the character of those people is heroic.'”

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