U.S. Sen. Harry Reid says Miranda Du was nominated Tuesday by President Barack Obama to serve on the federal bench in Las Vegas. Reid recommended Du for the lifelong post. If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first Asian Pacific American federal judge in Nevada history.
Du is a partner in the McDonald Carano Wilson law firm and specializes in civil litigation and employment law.
Her family fled her native country after the Vietnam War, eventually coming to the United States.
She earned her law degree at University of California-Berkeley in 1994 and joined the Reno law firm that same year.