FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2012
NAPABA Contact: Emily Chatterjee (202) 775-9555
AAJC Contact: Leonie Campbell-Williams (443) 803-1465
Miranda Du Confirmed as First Asian Pacific American
Federal District Court Judge for the District of Nevada
WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate voted to confirm Miranda Mai Du to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. Judge Du is the first-ever Asian Pacific American to serve as an Article III judge in Nevada.
"We congratulate Judge Du on her confirmation, and thank Senator Reid for both suggesting her name to President Obama and scheduling her confirmation vote," said Nimesh M. Patel, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). "Judge Du is a nominee with a wealth of experiences and qualifications. She also has an inspiring life story, and will add much needed diversity of perspective on the federal court in Nevada."
Judge Du fled from Vietnam with her family by boat when she was eight years old. After spending a year in refugee camps in Malaysia, they immigrated to Alabama. Judge Du attended the University of California-Davis, where she graduated with honors, and the University of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall). She moved to Nevada after law school and became a partner with the firm of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP in Reno, Nevada, where she was Chair of the Employment & Labor Law group. Nevada has a burgeoning Asian Pacific American community, with approximately 9% of the population.
"With her confirmation, Judge Du joins a growing number of Asian Pacific American judges on the federal courts," said Mee Moua, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice. "Although Asian Pacific Americans are still underrepresented in the federal judiciary, we applaud the forward movement and thank Senator Reid for recommending her for this vacancy."
With Judge Du's confirmation, the number of active Asian Pacific American Article III judges has doubled from 8 to 16 during the Obama Administration. More progress, however, remains to be made. If the number of Asian Pacific American judges reflected the general population, then there should be approximately 11-12 Asian Pacific American federal circuit court judges, and 40-41 Asian Pacific American federal district court judges.
AAJC and NAPABA urge members of the Asian Pacific American community to continue pressing the Senate to schedule confirmation votes for pending Asian Pacific American judicial nominees, including Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen, nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and John Z. Lee, nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
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 40,000 attorneys and 63 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. 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 federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession.
The Asian American Justice Center (www.advancingequality.org), a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, works closely with its sister organizations - the Asian American Institute in Chicago (www.aaichicago.org), the Asian Law Caucus (www.asianlawcaucus.org) in San Francisco and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (www.apalc.org) in Los Angeles - to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities.