RENO, Nev (CN) – The U.S. Senate voted 59-39 to confirm Miranda Du, 42, as a federal judge in Nevada.
Nominated by President Barack Obama on Aug. 2, 2011, Du had her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 3, 2011 and was confirmed Wednesday.
Du fills a vacancy left by U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt, who took his senior status in May.
Born in Ca Mau, Vietnam, in 1969, Du left the county with her family at age 9. They spent one year in a Malaysian refugee camp before the United States being tem granted asylum.
Du received her bachelor’s degree form the University of California, Davis, in 1991 and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, in 1994.
She has specialized in employment law and complex civil litigation with the firm McDonald Carano Wilson since in 1994, making partner in 2002.
Du has litigated numerous cases before state and federal courts, including appeals before the Nevada Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit.
The new title as a U.S. district judge, one of seven authorized for the District of Nevada, will earn Du $174,000 per year.