Fil-Am to sit as Federal district court judge for NY

Posted at 12/20/2012 2:43 PM | Updated as of 12/21/2012 3:38 PM

 Lorna Schofield

MANILA, Philippines - A female American judge of Filipino descent will serve as a Federal District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York.

The US Senate confirmed the nomination of Lorna Schofield last December 18, 2012, by a vote of 91-0.

Schofield, who was nominated by US President Barack Obama, is the first Filipino-American to serve as an Article III Federal Judge, the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a press statement.

Schofield was recommended for nomination to the bench in April by New York Senator Charles Schumer. She is the daughter of Filipina, Priscilla Tiangco Schofield, originally from Batangas, and who immigrated to the US post-World War II after marrying a US serviceman.

Schofield finished her Bachelor of Arts degree major in German and English (magna cum laude) from Indiana University and completed her law studies at the New York University (NYU) Law School.

She also served as an Assistant US Attorney for the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York. She was likewise the first Asian-American Pacific Islander to chair the Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association and was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 50 most influential minority lawyers in the US.

In private practice, Schofield represented celebrity Rosie O'Donnell in the $100 million lawsuit against the former publishers of the defunct Rosie Magazine.