CAPAC Leaders Applaud Schofield Nomination

Apr 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and Congressman Mike Honda (CA-15), CAPAC Chair Emeritus, released the following statements applauding President Obama’s nomination of Ms. Lorna Schofield to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York:

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32), CAPAC Chair:  “Lorna Schofield is an exceptionally well qualified nominee with the intellect, experience, and credentials to serve as an Article III judge. If confirmed, Ms. Schofield would become the first Filipino-American federal judge in U.S. history and would be serving in a district where nearly one in ten residents identifies as Asian American or Pacific Islander. I commend Senator Chuck Schumer for recommending Ms. Schofield, and thank President Obama for his firm commitment to promoting diversity in our federal judiciary. Over the past three years, the President and Senate leadership have literally doubled the number of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on the federal bench to ensure that our courts reflect the populations they serve. I urge the Senate to move forward with Ms. Schofield’s confirmation to the District Court for the Southern District of New York.”

Congressman Mike Honda (CA-15), CAPAC Chair Emeritus:  “Today, we celebrate the historic appointment of Lorna Schofield to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  If confirmed, Ms. Schofield will be the first Filipino-American federal judge in the history of the United States, despite Filipino-Americans being the second largest AAPI ethnic group.  As CAPAC Chair Emeritus, I am proud to support the Obama Administration’s efforts to nominate experienced candidates like Ms. Schofield to the judiciary.  I thank Senator Schumer and President Obama for their leadership with her nomination, and I now urge the Senate to act swiftly in confirming her to ensure a more diverse representation of AAPIs on the federal bench.”

BACKGROUND:  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 U.S. 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.
 

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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.