Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding the nomination of Miranda Du to the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
Today the Senate will consider the nomination of Miranda Du to the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, in Las Vegas.
I was pleased to recommend the nomination of such an experienced litigator and proud Nevadan.
Ms. Du has an enormous love for the state of Nevada, and a tremendous dedication to public service.
She also has an inspiring personal story that proves the American Dream is alive and well.
Although 9 percent of Nevada’s population is Asian-Pacific American, if confirmed Ms. Du will be the first Asian-American federal judge in the history of the state.
Ms. Du left Vietnam with her family by boat when she was just eight years old.
She lived in refugee camps in Malaysia before she came to America with her family when she was almost 10.
She didn’t speak English when she enrolled in an American school for the first time. But even as a third-grader she was quick to learn, and picked up the language right away.
Although her family initially lived in Alabama, where her father worked on a dairy farm, Du eventually moved to California.
There she continued to indulge her love of learning. She received her Bachelor’s degree in history and economics from the University of California, Davis and her law degree from UC Berkley.
It was after law school that she moved to Nevada. She joined McDonald Carano Wilson, a very well-respected law firm in my home state, and made partner in 2002.
Ms. Du is currently the chairwoman of her firm’s Employment & Labor Law Practice Group.
She specializes in complex civil litigation and employment law.
And 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.
Ms. Du has the support of a bipartisan coalition of Nevada officials, including the governor, the lieutenant governor and the mayor of Reno – all Republicans.
Republican Governor Brian Sandoval wrote the Judiciary Committee to say Du “has exhibited great character and is well respected in the legal community.” He gave her his full support.
Republican Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki called Ms. Du “intelligent, inquisitive, reliable and dedicated.”
And the Republican Mayor of Reno, Robert Cashell, said Du “will be a great addition to our federal bench.”
In addition to being an experienced litigator, Ms. Du is also an outstanding citizen. She is very involved in the Northern Nevada community.
She currently serves on the Nevada Commission on Economic Development and the board of directors of the Nevada Women’s Fund, a group dedicated to strengthening the Nevada community by empowering women.
She has also served as a court-appointed special advocate representing abused and neglected children and mentored high school students in Reno.
She is a fine example for those students. And I’m confident she’ll make an outstanding federal judge.