News Release

For Immediate Release
March 15, 2016

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                                      Brett Schuster, Communications Manager

NAPABA Applauds Nomination of Judge Karen Gren Scholer
to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas


WASHINGTON — Today, President Obama nominated Judge Karen Gren Scholer to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. If confirmed, Scholer will be the first Asian Pacific American to serve as a federal district court judge in Texas or any of the courts encompassed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit — which encompasses Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

“Judge Karen Gren Scholer has had a distinguished legal career and will serve admirably on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas,” said Jin Y. Hwang, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). “I urge the Senate to ensure a speedy confirmation for Ms. Scholer.”

Scholer is currently a partner at Carter Scholer Arnett Hamada Mockler PLLC, in Dallas, Texas. She is an experienced litigator and former judge who has presided over 100 trials. Her judicial experience includes eight years as a state district judge on the 95th Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas. She has also served as the presiding judge for Dallas County Civil District Court Judges and, on one occasion, as a Justice on the Tenth Court of Appeals by appointment of Governor Rick Perry.

Scholer has been a partner at a number of firms in Dallas, including Jones Day, Andrews & Kurth LLP, and Strasburger & Price LLP. Active in her community, Scholer has served as co-chair of Attorneys Serving the Community and in leadership positions in the Dallas Bar Association and Asian Pacific American community organizations. She is a speaker on trial practice and was a visiting faculty member at the Notre Dame Law School. The State Bar of Texas, the University of Texas at Austin, and Superlawyers have all recognized Scholer for her legal excellence and achievement. Scholer graduated from Rice University and the Cornell University School of Law.

NAPABA commends President Obama for nominating Judge Karen Gren Scholer to the bench and thank Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas for recommending Judge Scholer to the White House.

For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 50,000 attorneys and over 75 national, state, and local bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA engages in legislative and policy advocacy, promotes Asian Pacific American political leadership and political appointments, and builds coalitions within the legal profession and the community at large. NAPABA also serves as a resource for government agencies, members of Congress, and public service organizations about Asian Pacific Americans in the legal profession, civil rights, and diversity in the courts.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

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