AG Holder Lauds New State High Court Judge

ALBANY (AP) -

Sheila Abdus-Salaam was sworn in as the first black woman on New York’s highest court Thursday after high praise and gentle ribbing from Attorney General Eric Holder about their days in law school.

Holder, in remarks before Abdus-Salaam was sworn in for the state Court of Appeals, said it was apparent from their time at Columbia Law School in the 1970s that she was intelligent, serious and witty.

Abdus-Salaam, during her own remarks in a court packed with relatives and colleagues, noted how improbable their professional achievements would have seemed four decades ago.

“Who knew that we would both attain such high positions, and that you would be the first black United States attorney general, and I would be the first black woman on the New York Court of Appeals?”