We are deeply grieved at the untimely passing of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, whom her family mourns as a beloved wife and devoted stepmother. She gave tirelessly and selflessly as a public servant, mentor, distinguished jurist, and community leader throughout her 40-year legal career. She was greatly admired for compassion, wisdom, commitment to excellence, and revered for her support of and sensitivity to the aspirations of young lawyers and law students.
With great humility and gratitude, we acknowledge the many expressions and outpourings of love, faith, and hope from friends, acquaintances, and colleagues. Bishop Mark Beckwith of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark has been a particular solace to us at this difficult time. We find comfort in discovering that our Sheila was so deeply loved and respected by so many.
While moved that so many of you wish to be in direct contact with us during this difficult time, we respectfully request that the privacy of our family be respected and that all further inquiries be directed to the New York Court of Appeals Public Information Office (518-455-7711) or to Canticle Communications (firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-524-2067).
Stephanie Jacobs Snyder
The Rev. Canon Greg Jacobs
Update April 19, 2017: Canticle Communications has set up the website judgeabdussalaam.org for all current and future statements from Canon Jacobs and the family of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam.