Hon. Lorna G. Schofield See Rating Details
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Average Rating:3.8 - 10 rating(s)
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*Temperament:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Scholarship:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Industriousness:   (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:    (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Punctuality:    (1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Lorna G. Schofield


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 32685
Judge Schofield seems above all to be a practical, efficient judge. This is important in the district court. She keeps things moving, hones in on the key issues, and fairly evaluates facts and law. Her opinions are straightforward.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 32669
Preoccupied and predisposed to dispose of everything with as little effort as possible. Rules on complex issues with her gut feelings, and then twists the law in accordance with her preordained conclusions. Slow to rule, overall. Doesn't acknowledge mistakes. Picks sides. Does not quite understand what is happening. Not a scholar. Tries to handle every type of dispute with a hammer when a scalpel is needed. Her rulings will astound you both for their lack of depth and for the manifest errors contained therein.

Is she the worst judge out there? Probably not. But, she's getting there and shows no signs of slowing down.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 32646
A terrific judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 30323
Unclear how she ever came to be on bench. Not a jurist by any real definition of the word. Doesn’t seem competent enough to apply really straightforward precedent or to adequately manage discovery that is at all complex.

Court Staff

Comment #: 29895
Is making a key decision one day and vacating it the next of a good judge or senility? Affidavits in support of door #2 flood the courts with this legal clown.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 27609
Rating:Not Rated
Failed utterly to apply the law. Horror show in discovery. Looks to come across as knowledgeable, but she is not.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 26026
The quintessential example of a jurist with a pure heart, but an empty head. Judge Schofield comes off as an amicable and respectful individual, but her rulings and general awareness of what is happening on her docket are atrocious.

For example, if she sets an agenda for a conference, she will forget to address the major points, such as the state of pending motions, outstanding discovery disputes, or critical factual issues. It does not seem, moreover, that she has a grasp of the law and appears more than eager to let her clerks do all the heavy lifting. She gets things flat out wrong; and not, to be clear, the minor things on which people can disagree, but big things, like well-settled, controlling precedent. Letter motions and other requests can linger before her for months at a time, not because she is considering them, but because she has simply overlooked the fact that things requiring her attention have been filed. She is easily confused and even more easily distracted, and often forgets the substance of her own orders and rulings.

Overall, the impression is that she does not want to put in the work, and seems to have no awareness that her apathy and oversights are costing the parties a lot of money. Her primary concern seems to be to keep the cases moving, regardless of the direction.

She is relatively new on the bench, and has had no prior judicial experience - which is actually troubling. District Judges are entrusted with great responsibility. Quite frankly, she is not up for the task. At first I thought she was picking sides, but it seems quite clear that she is, more likely, simply incompetent. I'm sure she'd be fine as a do-nothing partner in a law firm (which she was prior to her appointment) but, as Judge, she is completely lost and ineffectual.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22821
One of the best judges in the SDNY, particularly given her relative inexperience on the bench.. Exceptional temperament and great ability to manage complex cases. Very thoughtful.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22531
She was completely inclined to one side from the outset of the case. Her rulings on discovery defied imagination. Her opinion was poorly reasoned and read as if it were authored by a first year. The worst federal judge I have ever across in almost two decades of practice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22257
Result-oriented, and not in a good way. Not intellectual.