The Senate continued its run of district court confirmations during the lame duck session, approving two federal judges in New York and planning votes for two more on Monday.
The Senate voted 91-0 on Thursday to confirm Lorna Schofield, currently of counsel to Debevoise & Plimpton, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Schofield, who was a litigation partner from 1991 to 2011, will be the first Filipino American to serve as an Article III federal judge, the firm said in a statement.
"Lorna is an extraordinarily accomplished lawyer who has been an invaluable member of the Debevoise team for more than two decades, " said Michael Blair, presiding partner at Debevoise. "And while we will certainly miss her, we are incredibly proud of what she has accomplished and have no doubt she will be an outstanding federal judge."
The Senate then with a voice vote confirmed Frank Geraci Jr. to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of New York. Geraci has served as a Monroe County Court Judge in Rochester, N.Y.
The Senate has scheduled votes Monday for Fernando Olguin to be U. S. District Judge for the Central District of California and Thomas Durkin to be U. S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
If those two are confirmed, that will mean 10 district court confirmations during the lame duck session, in the two week period starting Dec. 3.