Two new judges will be joining the federal bench in New York following their confirmation yesterday by the U.S. Senate. Lorna Schofield, 56, of counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton, was confirmed for the Southern District bench and Monroe County Court Judge Frank Paul Geraci Jr., 61, was confirmed for the Western District.
Schofield, a 1981 graduate of New York University School of Law, spent three years as an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton before becoming a prosecutor in the Southern District from 1984 until 1988. She then moved to Debevoise as an associate and was a litigation partner from 1991 to 2011. She becomes the first Filipino-American to serve as an Article III judge.
Geraci, a 1977 graduate of the University of Dayton Law School, worked as a special assistant district attorney in Monroe County before becoming a federal prosecutor in the Western District from 1983 to 1987. He was a partner at Geraci & Feldman from 1987 to 1992 and a judge in the Rochester City Court from 1992 to 1998. He has served on the bench in Monroe County Court since 1999.
Geraci will fill the seat vacated when Judge David Larimer took senior status in 2009. Schofield fills the seat vacated by Judge Shira Scheindlin, who took senior status in 2011. Schofield’s confirmation leaves five open seats in the Southern District with four nominees pending. The only other opening in the state is in the Eastern District, with the nomination of Pamela Ki Mai Chen, an assistant U.S. attorney, pending.