FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2012

SCHUMER RECOMMENDS ATTORNEY LORNA G. SCHOFIELD TO SERVE ON U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK



As An NYU Law Grad, Assistant US Attorney and Lawyer At Debevoise & Plimpton, Schofield Is A Top-Flight Lawyer Who Would Be Excellent on the Bench

If Confirmed, Schofield Would Be the First-Ever Filipina American on the Federal Bench

Schumer: Schofield Would Make A Uniquely Experienced and Talented Judge on the Southern District Bench

 

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) announced today that he recommend Lorna G. Schofield to serve as a judge on the prestigious United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. As a graduate of NYU Law School, former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and a partner at one of the nation’s most prestigious law firms, Schumer said Schofield would make a great addition to the bench. Ms. Schofield, who is of Filipino heritage, was also the first Asian-American to be elected chair of the ABA Section of Litigation. If confirmed, Schofield would be the first ever Filipina on the federal bench.

 

“As a top-flight lawyer and former Assistant US Attorney, Schofield has had a distinguished legal career and would make a fantastic judge,” said Schumer. “When I select judges, I always look for three things – excellence, diversity, and moderation – and Schofield exemplifies all of these qualities. I’m pleased to recommend her to President Obama for the Southern District Bench.”

 

Schofield, 56, graduated from Indiana University magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and from NYU Law School, where she served as staff editor and note-and-comment editor of the NYU Law Review. Schofield then went to work at the law firm of Clearly, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. She then left to work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she worked as a prosecutor on cases involving domestic terrorism, arms smuggling and tax fraud. After four years, Schofield left to work at Debevoise & Plimpton, where she made partner in 1991. At the firm, she worked on civil cases as well as white collar crime.

 

Since 2006, Schofield has been a Director of Rosie’s for All Kids Foundation, which provides non-profit organizations funding for at-risk children, parents, care-givers and teachers.

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