Miranda Du, a civil litigation attorney with the firm McDonald, Carano and Wilson, would become Nevada’s first Asian American federal judge if appointed.
Du, 41, was born in Vietnam and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 9 years old looking for a better life.
Her background proved to be the catalyst for her professional career.
In testimony Tuesday, Du said the rule of law does not exist in Vietnam and that she was inspired to be a part of the solution in the United States.
“I wanted to show my family that being a part of the system can work well,” she said.
Du earned her law degree at the University of California, Berkeley in 1994 and specializes in employment and labor law. She is a Nevada Women’s Fund board member and a former commissioner with the Nevada Commission on Economic Development.
Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller offered their support for Du’s nomination during introductory remarks.
“This woman, who is going to be a fine judge, is an experienced litigator,” Reid said.
“I believe Miranda will make a terrific court judge in the state of Nevada,” Heller said.
Du faced a series of questions from lawmakers trying to gauge her political bent and judicial chops.
When asked what she thought judicial temperament meant, she responded that it entails dignity, respect and humility for the rule of law and those who come before it.
“I believe a judge’s role is to look at the facts and apply the law” equally, she said.
Du has primarily worked as a defense attorney, but “I don’t believe I have that bias one way or another,” she said.
Appointment to the state District Court is a lifetime position. No date has been given for Du’s approval or rejection to that post. She must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Du was nominated for the position in August. She would fill the vacancy left by Judge Roger Hunt.
More than a dozen family members from California and Arizona joined Du in Washington Tuesday.
“This is an incredibly proud moment for my family,” Du said.