WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 23, 2012) — Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), released the following statement applauding Senator Charles Schumer’s (D-NY) decision to recommend Ms. Lorna Schofield to the White House as a potential nominee for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
“Lorna Schofield is an exceptional candidate whose nomination would be a positive step towards addressing the glaring need for greater diversity in New York’s judiciary. If confirmed, she would make history as the first Filipina-American on the federal bench. As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I want to commend Senator Schumer for recommending Ms. Schofield and working to ensure that our courts become more representative of the populations they serve.”
Schofield graduated from Indiana University magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and went on to earn her law degree from NYU Law School where she served as an editor of the NYU Law Review. She became a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton in 1991 after working in previous positions at the law firm of Clearly, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. If confirmed, she would become the first Article III judge of Filipino heritage in U.S. history and serve in a district with a sizeable Asian Pacific American (APA) population. In the New York City area, approximately ten percent of the population is APA, yet only one out of over 90 active Article III judges serving in this area identifies as Asian Pacific American.
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently Chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.