Karen Gren Scholer was nominated by President Donald J. Trump in September 2017 and confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 95-0 as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas in March 2018. In March 2016, Judge Scholer was nominated by President Obama to serve as a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, which expired at the end of the 114th Congress.
Before her appointment, she was partner at Carter Scholer Arnett Hamada Mockler PLLC, in Dallas, Texas. She was an experienced litigator and former judge who 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. Judge 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, Judge Scholer has served in leadership positions in the Dallas Bar Association and Asian Pacific American community organizations. The State Bar of Texas, the University of Texas at Austin, and Superlawyers have all recognized Judge Scholer for her legal excellence and achievement.