CAPAC Praises Confirmation of Miranda Du to U.S. District Court

Mar 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Miranda Du to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. She will be the first Asian Pacific American to serve as an Article III judge in Nevada and the sixteenth active Asian Pacific American Article III judge in the Federal Judiciary.  Following her confirmation, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and Congressman Mike Honda (CA-15), CAPAC Chair Emeritus, released the following statements:

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32), CAPAC Chair: “I congratulate Miranda Du on her confirmation and becoming the first Asian Pacific American Article III  judge to serve in the state of Nevada.  With this confirmation, President Obama has doubled the number of Asian Pacific Americans serving in the federal judiciary from 8 to 16 over the course of his first term.  I thank Majority Leader Reid for his leadership in recommending Miranda for this vacancy and securing her confirmation, and I urge the Senate to move forward in confirming pending judicial nominees including Judge Jacqueline Nguyen and John Z. Lee.  While Miranda’s confirmation is a victory for our community, there is still much work to be done. CAPAC looks forward to working with President Obama and the Senate to expand the number of diverse and highly qualified candidates serving on the federal bench.” 

Congressman Mike Honda (CA-15), CAPAC Chair Emeritus: “Today’s historic confirmation of Miranda Du to the United States District Court for the District of Nevada is not only a true victory for the people of Nevada and the nation as a whole, but is also a giant step towards a more equitable representation of AAPIs on the federal bench.  Miranda brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from her robust career in the legal field, and I thank Senator Reid for his tremendous leadership with her confirmation as well as President Obama for now doubling the number of AAPI Article III judges active in the United States.  As CAPAC Chair Emeritus, I was proud to push the Administration to nominate qualified candidates like Miranda to the federal bench, and I look forward to continue to ensure that we have greater AAPI representation in all branches of government.”

Background: 

Miranda Mai Du was born in Vietnam and left the country with her parents, two siblings and extended family by boat when she was eight years old.  After spending a year in two refugee camps in Malaysia, she and her relatives were sponsored to come to the United States by a family in Winfield, Alabama.  Miranda’s father worked in a dairy farm until the family eventually moved to Oakland, California, where she attended junior high and high school.  Miranda earned her Bachelor’s degree in history and economics at the University of California, Davis, and earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. After law school, she moved to Nevada to join her firm, McDonald Carano Wilson LLP, where she became a partner and currently serves as the chairperson of her firm’s Employment & Labor Law Practice Group.  

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently Chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.