Miranda Mai Du
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada|
|Assumed office |
September 2, 2019
|Preceded by||Gloria Navarro|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada|
|Assumed office |
March 30, 2012
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Roger L. Hunt|
|Born||December 11, 1969|
Cà Mau, South Vietnam
|Education||University of California, Davis (B.A.)|
University of California, Berkeley School of Law (J.D.)
Miranda Mai Du (born December 11, 1969) is a Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.
Early life and education
Born in Cà Mau, Vietnam, Du left the country at age 9, when her family sought asylum in Malaysia. They spent a year in Malaysian refugee camps before ultimately being granted asylum in the United States. Du received a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Davis in 1991 and a Juris Doctor from University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1994.
Upon graduating law school, Du took a job as an associate at the law firm McDonald Carano Wilson LLP. She was promoted to partner in 2002.
In 2008 Miranda Du, then a lawyer, was a partner representing John Woods in a lawsuit Truckee Meadows Water Authority. , . Miranda Du made the decision to file a third party complaint despite having acknowledging and agreeing with the information in a motion which contradicted the complaint she filed. . Sandoval, as a judge in 2008, signed off on sanctions against attorney Miranda Du after Magistrate, Valerie Cooke, tried and found that she mishandled the case. .
Federal judicial service
On August 2, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Du to replace Judge Roger L. Hunt who took senior status in 2011. On November 3, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee narrowly reported her nomination to the Senate floor in a party-line, 10–8 vote. On March 28, 2012, Du's nomination was confirmed by a vote of 59 ayes to 39 nays. She received her commission on March 30, 2012. Du became the first Asian Pacific American to serve as an Article III judge in Nevada. She became Chief Judge on September 2, 2019.
In January 2015, Judge Du granted the habeas petition of Jose Echavarria, a death row inmate convicted of killing an FBI agent. Echavarria's attorneys argued that his trial was unfair because the presiding judge was also being investigated by the FBI – a fact they did not learn until after the trial ended. Judge Du agreed and ruled that Echavarria was entitled to a new trial.
In October 2016, Judge Du granted several Nevada Native American tribes a preliminary injunction which required the state to set up early voting and election day polling locations on their reservations. The plaintiffs argued that many of them would have to travel nearly 100 miles round trip to reach polling sites, and that Section II of The Voting Rights Act of 1965 required the state to take the location of their reservations into account when planning polling locations. Judge Du agreed in part, granting preliminary early voting and election day relief, but found that the plaintiffs did not have standing to seek in-person voter registration staffing as well.
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- "Bias finding prompts new trial in Vegas FBI agent murder". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2015-01-23. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
- "Judge rules partially in favor of tribes in federal suit". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
- Miranda Du at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Miranda Du at Ballotpedia
Roger L. Hunt
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada
| Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada|