Du was recommended by Reid and would be Nevada’s first Asian Pacific American federal judge
October 4, 2011
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today introduced Reno’s Miranda Du, nominee to be United States District Judge for the District of Nevada, at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Below are Senator Reid’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
I am pleased to be here to introduce Miranda Du, a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.
Miranda Du is an experienced litigator with an enormous love and appreciation for the state of Nevada, and a tremendous dedication to public service.
And she is a true American success story.
If confirmed, she will be the first Asian American federal judge in the history of the state of Nevada, where 9 percent of the population is Asian Pacific American.
Ms. Du left Vietnam with her family by boat when she was just eight years old. She spent a year in refugee camps in Malaysia before she came to America with her family. Du knew no English when she began school here as a third grader, but she learned it quickly.
After first arriving in Alabama, where her father worked on a dairy farm, Du’s family later moved to California. Du received a Bachelor’s degree with honors in history and economics from the University of California, Davis and her J.D. from UC Berkley in 1994.
After law school, she moved to Nevada, where she joined McDonald Carano Wilson, a very well-respected law firm in my home state. She became a partner in 2002.
She is currently the chairwoman of her firm’s Employment & Labor Law Practice Group.
Ms. Du specializes in complex civil litigation and employment law. She has appeared before federal and state courts in all phases of litigation, including appeals before the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
She is also very involved in the Northern Nevada community.
Ms. Du has served as a court-appointed Special Advocate in Washoe County’s Second Judicial District, representing abused and neglected children. She has also served as a mentor for high school students at Hug High School in Reno.
And she currently serves as a Commissioner on the Nevada Commission on Economic Development and on the board of directors of the Nevada Women’s Fund, a group dedicated to strengthening the Nevada community by empowering women.
Ms. Du and her husband, Chuck Martin, live in Reno and enjoy running. I’ve done several marathons, and I know how hard they are. But it’s no surprise that such a dedicated person has a hobby that requires tenacity as well.
From a young age, Du has met every challenge she’s faced. I’m confident she’ll make an outstanding federal judge.