WASHINGTON (Sept. 29, 2011) — Organization of Chinese Americans wishes to congratulate the recent nomination of Miranda Mai Du to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.
If confirmed, Du would be only the third Asian Pacific American in U.S. history to serve as an Article III judge.
Du’s tough journey at the tender age of nine had begun with Du’s father. Her father, a former member of the U.S.-supported South Vietnam Army took Du, along with her relatives and fled the country by boat seeking refuge in Malaysia during the Vietnam War. After almost a year in the refugee camp, her family was able to seek sponsorship and asylum in America because of her father’s position in the army.
After settling in America, Du applied herself in school during her youth and eventually earned a dual undergraduate degree in history and in economics at U.C. Davis. She later received her law degree from U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law in 1994.
“In a state where Asian Americans make up nearly 10 percent of the population this represents a significant milestone for our community. Asian Americans are dramatically underrepresented in our courts. Her exemplary work in public service and perseverance in the face of extraordinary hardship demonstrate that she is well suited for this nomination,” said OCA Interim Executive Director, Tom Hayashi.
Du currently practices law at McDonald Carano Wilson. She is the current Chair of the Employment & Labor Law Group whose focus is litigation employment and civil cases. She received a law degree from U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law in 1994 and earned dual undergraduate degrees in history and economics from U.C. Davis in 1991.
Du was selected as a “Top 20 under 40” Young Professionals in the Reno-Tahoe Area in 2008. She was also nominated as a Woman of Achievement by the Nevada Women’s Fund in 2007.