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US Senate confirms Nevada first Asian judge

LAS VEGAS—The state’s judicial system has gained its first Asian-American member after the senate confirmed last March 28 the nomination of Reno attorney Miranda Du as US District Court Judge for Nevada.

Du was nominated by President Barrack Obama in August last year after being recommended by US Senator Harry Reid.

Both Reid and US Senator Dean Heller lauded the confirmation of Du who has been a partner at the Law Offices of McDonald Carrano Wilson in Reno since 2002.

“I am very pleased that Miranda Du has been confirmed to serve on the US District Court for Nevada,” Reid said.

“I’m impressed by Du’s extensive litigation experience and her unquestionable devotion to the state of Nevada,” he added in his statement.

“Like many states, Nevada is facing a judicial crisis, and we need judges who will uphold the laws of the land in their courtroom. Miranda Du is one of these judges,” in a separate statement, Heller said.

“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,” he added.

“She is highly respected and I have no doubt that she will serve the Silver State proudly. I want to congratulate Miranda on her confirmation and wish her all the best,” the senator also said.

When Reid recommended Du last August, the senator said the lawyer is an example of “the American dream.”

“Born in Vietnam, Du came to the United States when she was in the third grade.  Her academic achievements and extremely successful legal career are a true American success story,” he said.

The refugee of Vietnam who immigrated to the US when she was nine years old, Du is the first Asian-American judge in the history of Nevada.

She received her juris doctor degree from the University of California, Berkley in 1994. She specializes in complex civil litigation and employment law at Mc Donald Carrano Wilson.

The firm’s website states that Du’s experience covers every phase of litigation, from discovery, motion practice and jury trial through appeal before the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

It also described Du’s employment practice which focuses primarily on representation of management, including litigating discrimination claims in state and federal courts. Dymphna Calica-La Putt/AJPress

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