Du confirmed, becomes 2nd Viet federal judge

Miranda Du testifying at her confirmation hearing before the Judiciary Committee.

Almost eight months after her nomination, Vietnamese-American civil litigator Miranda Du from Nevada was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week to be U.S. district judge for that state, the second Viet federal judge in the country and the first Asian-American federal judge in Nevada.

Du had been recommended by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Upon her confirmation, Reid issued a video statement saying “I’m impressed by Du’s extensive litigation experience and her unquestionable devotion to the state of Nevada.”

Speaking to the Senate before the vote, Reid also noted the historic first that Du’s judgeship would represent for Nevada:

“Although 9 percent of Nevada’s population is Asian-Pacific American, if confirmed Ms. Du will be the first Asian-American federal judge in the history of the state.”

In a separate statement, Nevada’s other senator, Dean Heller, also lauded the confirmation, saying, “I believe she will make an outstanding District Court judge in the great State of Nevada and I am pleased the Senate has confirmed her. Miranda has maintained a dedication to the preservation of justice and integrity throughout her career.”

The vote to confirm was 53-39, with bipartisan support but also with many Senators questioning Du’s qualifications. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, said while her life story was admirable, Du was unqualified for the appointment.

“This is no place for on-the-job training,” Grassley said, according to the AP here.

Du joins the Central District of California’s Jacqueline Nguyen as the only Viets on the federal bench. Judge Nguyen, meanwhile, has been approved by the Judiciary Committee for elevation to the Ninth Circuit and is awaiting full Senate confirmation.

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders applauded Du’s confirmation and noted that “In all, almost six percent of President Obama’s confirmed judges have been AAPI, compared to just one percent for Presidents Bush and Clinton.”

Du’s father had served in the South Vietnamese army. In 1979, when Du was 9, her extended family including aunts, uncles, cousins, fled the country by boat – as she told superlawyers.com in 2009, here.

The boat got to Malaysia, but at first it was turned away. They then did what many other boat people also had to do: They sank the boat, and everybody swam ashore. “If we swam to shore, we couldn’t be turned away,” Du recounted.

Du’s family spent a year in the refugee camp before coming to the United States, settling first in Alabama and then in California. She graduated with a double major in economics and history from UC Davis and received her law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall in 1994. She then moved to Nevada to join the McDonald Carano firm in Reno where she has been ever since, making partner in 2002.

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43 Responses to Du confirmed, becomes 2nd Viet federal judge

  1. Donald York says:
  2. Jung Kim says:

    Go Viets!

  3. Bo May says:

    Go Vietnamese American!

  4. Bo May says:

    Go American!

  5. Bo May says:

    Go America!

  6. Bo May says:

    “If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”
    ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  7. Jung Kim says:

    All Viet, all the time

    Go Viets!

  8. Jung Kim says:

    Viets/Asians are expected to lead America in near future as they have done in college classrooms

    All Asians are proud to be an American.

  9. Bo May says:

    and the ethnic group should be ashamed for what the dirty viet politicians have done in the name of the viet community.
    There are nothin’ to be proud of what these pig face repubs have done….

  10. Bo May says:

    ….Some Korean-Americans took the tragedy personally.
    “I am really ashamed Korean people are doing this to other students,” said John Chon, managing director of the Korean-American Chamber of Commerce of the East Bay. “We’re really sorry and ashamed about this.”…(excerpt from the news about the killing in Oakland by a crazy Korean guy).

    When the viet idiots will come out and apologize for all the stupid things their politicians have done, instead of calling them ‘viet heroes’ and them ugly pig face corrupted van tran, tyler diep, andy quach will ‘make viet proud’?

    Oh I forgot kin jung is korean.

  11. PigFaceSaigonNails says:

    It wasn’t a Korean American who did it. God told him to do it!

  12. Jung Kim says:

    FungusSaigonNails, smelly dong residues beneath nails are from joe ass?

    Who did it?

    Yo fingers? or yo lopsided brain?

  13. Jung Kim says:

    Our good Assemblyman Van Tran has already apologized for Bo May’s malfunctioning poopy brain to the American community.

    Go Viets!

  14. Jung Kim says:

    A nasty Kimchi smell made all of Bo May’s korean siblings crazy psychos.

    Bo May de Idiot needs to apologize for stupid korean siblings.

  15. Jung Kim says:

    Bo May de Idiot is in love with baby killing Democrats!

    Loretta Sanchez voted to kill innocent babies.

  16. Jung Kim says:

    Bloody Loretta Sanchez has helped killing more than 50 million innocent babies since 1970.

    # Voted NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)

    # Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
    # Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
    # Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)

    # Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
    # Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
    # Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)

  17. Jung Kim says:


    Partial birth abortion, medically known as intact dilation and extraction (IDX), is a method of late-term abortion that ends a pregnancy and results in the death and intact removal of a fetus from the uterus. In the United States, as of late 2008 the procedure was illegal.

  18. Bo May says:

    …some viets should come out and apologize for kim jung foul language on this blog…
    just sayin’

  19. Jung Kim says:

    I didn’t know “Bo May” was a foul word……. it just sounded stupid!

    Bo May de Idiot!

    It sounds a lot better….

  20. Bo May says:

    I don’t know man, if you think your language is not foul then I have nothin’ to say, I mean nothin’, jung kim.
    Can you tell ‘right’ from ‘wrong’?
    ‘Good’ assembly man from ‘baaaad’ assembly man?
    ‘Proud’ from ‘shame’?

  21. Jung Kim says:

    Right; saving babies lives

    Wrong; killing innocent babies.

    Shame; Democrat Loretta Sanchez

  22. Bo May says:

    Nice spinning job kimmie.
    Now would you take that anti-abortion thingy elsewhere?
    This is a blog about good and bad public servants from your viet ethnic group.

    By all account Du might be a good judge who ,hopefully, will transcend of all races and background on her judging duty, Viets will be ‘proud’ of her…then.

    In the same time, nobody can be proud of van tran, bruce tran and john tran on all counts of bribery. What is so ‘prrrrrroud’ about that?

  23. Jung Kim says:

    Bo May de Duma, all of sudden…….. you are not proud of late term baby killer Loretta Sanchez!

  24. Jung Kim says:

    Good public servant : Defends innocent babies.
    Bad politician : Don’t care about innocent lives being killed.

    Bad politician = Democrat Loretta Sanchez.

  25. Jung Kim says:

    Good Republican Assemblyman Van Tran : Against killing innocent babies.

    Go Viets!

  26. Jung Kim says:

    It’s difficult to kill a baby puppy inside of mom’s womb…..

    Loretta Sanchez has no respect for human lives.

    Human rights? My foot!

  27. Jung Kim says:

    All good Viets want to protect innocent lives.

    Viets = Proud

    Go Viets!

  28. Jung Kim says:

    A good public servant wants to protect little/weak people …… including powerless babies.

    Good Public Servant = Republican Assemblyman Van Tran.

  29. Bo May says:

    I don’t think van tran give a hair about the abortion issue either,
    And if he really really cares, what did he do to? Lemme see, hm hm..frequent the skin bars at night, got involved on a drunk driving crash with quach, charging the state for hundreds thousand of dollars per diem for living in his own house, having his wife indicted for insurance fraught…
    Just remember this, everyone would say anything to get votes, and with a lowly assembly seat, there ain’t nothing he can do about this, even if he cares.

  30. Bo May says:

    oh, this just in, Santorum just called it quit, do you know why? ‘Cause he did not get enuff supports from the repub majority, mostly woman voters, who do not care when he tries to tell them what they can do with their bodies…read it and weep kimmie.

  31. Jung Kim says:

    Bo May de Democrat Hater, a good public servants will fight to defend little people …like innocent babies.

    Assemblyman Van Tran = Good public servant

    Go Viets!

  32. Jung Kim says:

    Bo May, we won’t tell you how many men you can suck/lick……. just don’t kill babies in your womb.

  33. Jung Kim says:

    Since when one’s baby become her body part?

    A puppy inside of womb is dog’s body part?

    Democrats = Confused Killers.

  34. Jung Kim says:

    Democrat Loretta Sanchez must be removed .

    # Voted NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)

    # Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
    # Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
    # Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)

    # Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
    # Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
    # Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)

  35. Bo May says:

    Tell me somethin’ more effective than just those hollow chants.
    van tran can’t do and will not care about this, it is a very big issue, politicians get knocked out of the presidential race, men and women get dumped down because of this, tell me what van tran with his lowly statute can do (even if he realy cares).

  36. Jung Kim says:

    Our good Viet leaders will continue to be a public servants by standing solid on this life issue.

    Democrat politician Loretta won’t defend small little people……. however still blabbing about human rights issue for photo opportunities.

    Democrat Loretta Sanchez needs to be dumped.

  37. Jung Kim says:

    Democrats need reform…..

    Remove all old, seasoned politicians from the roster.

    Common sense must be restored.

    A reckless entitlement attitude had contributed to our current economic weakness…

    We should help people to stand up on their own feet with clear hope/vision.

  38. Bo May says:

    …ok, then replace them with van tran, john tran, bruce tran, the OC gop? No thanks.
    They can’t even save their own skins and keep themselves out of court. LOL.
    They are still your good viet leaders, of course.
    By the way: How many people in the ‘we’, you are referring to? my guess is 2, you and van tran, am I right? Hahahahah.

  39. Bo May says:

    I dunno man, van tran was out and Loretta still in.
    Just like to see the OC pig face little viet repubs get spanked.

  40. Bo May says:

    …Farmers march during a protest to protect their paddy fields from being part of a land grab to make way for the construction of a luxury Ecopark resort in Van Giang district, in Vietnam’s northern Hung Yen province, outside Hanoi April 20, 2012. Land grabs by officials have given rise to rare criticism of the authorities’ strong-arm approach, a cause of simmering discontent in the countryside. As land prices have risen, officials have in some cases moved farmers off their land to make way for lucrative industrial projects. REUTERS/Mua Xuan…
    Kimmie, you and van tran should go back home to join the farmers, if you have real gut and enuff cajone to do this.
    We need real man to do a man job. van tran is just a wimp…

  41. Bo May says:

    Well, she still here, it’s the proof that there are no ‘good Viet’ , only ‘bad Viet’.

  42. Bo May says:

    Steve Job was a child of a Syrian father, raised by an American family, studied in America, grew up as a flower child in the 70′s…did any Syrians come out saying ‘Go Syria’?
    The Syrian folks have more self-respect than the kimmie here.
    Just sayin’.

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