On March 5, the Senate confirmed Karen Gren Scholer to serve as a federal judge for the Northern District of Texas. A former President Obama nominee, President Donald Trump nominated Mrs. Scholer in September, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination in October, and upon the Senate’s 95-0 confirmation her term became effective immediately.
“Karen’s extensive experience in the courtroom and commitment to serving her community will help make her an excellent federal judge,” said Texas Senator John Cornyn in a recent Dallas Morning News article. “I’m proud to vote for her confirmation and am pleased that the Senate has acted to confirm such a well-qualified individual who I know will continue to serve North Texans well.”
Mrs. Scholer is the first Asian 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 includes Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Prior to be appointed judge, she was a principal and co-managing partner at Carter Scholer PLLC. A previous state district judge on the 95th Judicial District Court in Dallas for eight years, she also served as the presiding judge for Dallas County Civil District Court Judges. She was also briefly appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals of Texas for a single case. Prior to becoming a state judge, Mrs. Scholer was a partner at the firms of Jones Day, Andrews & Kurth LLP, and Strasburger & Price LLP.
Mrs. Scholer earned her law degree from Cornell University Law School and her undergraduate degree from Rice University.