Legal Momentum’s staff was saddened to learn of the passing of award-winning journalist Rita Henley Jensen on October 18 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Rita was the founder and executive director emerita of Women’s eNews, the website and digital news service dedicated to providing balanced, nonpartisan journalism on the issues that matter to women. As Rita noted in a 2007 interview, “It’s about everything that impacts women, which is everything.”
Like much of the country, Legal Momentum is in shock over the untimely death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam. Judge Abdus-Salaam was a pioneer on many fronts. She was an associate judge on New York State’s highest court and was the first African-American woman to serve on the court of appeals when she was appointed in 2013. She became the first-ever Muslim woman jurist in 1994 when she began serving on the State Supreme Court. Prior to becoming a judge, she worked as a public defender.
Legal Momentum remembers with admiration and respect Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, who died of cancer on Sunday, October 9, at age 50. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.