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Lorna Schofield

U.S. District Judge — Southern District of New York

Lorna Schofield is the U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. She was the first Filipina-American to be nominated to serve as an Article III federal judge. Prior to her current position, Schofield was a distinguished attorney with the Manhattan-based firm Debevoise and Plimpton LLP. She focused on complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense, as well as internal investigations. 

She is perhaps best known in the legal community for having successfully defended television celebrity Rosie O’Donnell in a high-profile, $100 million lawsuit filed by O’Donnell’s magazine publisher. She earned a bachelor's in English and German from the IU College of Arts and Sciences in 1977.

Schofield served as a College Luminary during the program's inaugural year.

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