Obama Nominates L.A. Federal Judge to Ninth Circuit Bench – Judge Nguyen fled Vietnam with family and started her life in the U.S. at a refugee camp on Camp Pendleton

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles district judge was nominated today by President Barack Obama to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California.

Jacqueline H. Nguyen has served as a U.S. District Judge in the Central District of California since 2009, the first Vietnamese-American on the federal bench.

”Judge Nguyen has been a trailblazer, displaying an outstanding commitment to public service throughout her career,” Obama said. ”I am honored to nominate her today for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals and confident she will serve the American people with fairness and integrity.”

Nguyen was born in Dalat, Vietnam, in 1965, fleeing the country 10 years later along with her family in the latter stages of the Vietnam War.

Her family was placed at a refugee camp in Camp Pendleton, where they lived in a tent city for more than a month before settling in the Los Angeles area.

She attended Occidental College and UCLA School of Law before beginning her legal career at the law firm of Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP, where she was a litigation associate from 1991 to 1994.

In 1995, she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District, serving as a prosecutor in the criminal division. There, she worked in both the General Crimes and Public Corruption and Government Fraud sections, and was a member of the office’s Organized Crime Strike Force from 1999 to 2000.

Nguyen was appointed to the state bench as a judge in the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2002 and remained a judge there until she was appointed to the federal bench two years ago.

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was especially pleased at Nguyen’s nomination.

”In her application to my selection committee for her current District Court seat, Judge Nguyen described fleeing Vietnam as young girl after the fall of Saigon,” Feinstein said.

”Despite those difficult circumstances, she wrote, ‘I nevertheless feel incredibly fortunate because those early years gave me invaluable life lessons that have shaped who I am today,”’ the senator said. ”I have no doubt Judge Nguyen’s character and her judicial experience make her well-qualified to serve with distinction on the U.S. Court of Appeals. I look forward to a speedy confirmation by the Senate.”

13 Responses to "Obama Nominates L.A. Federal Judge to Ninth Circuit Bench – Judge Nguyen fled Vietnam with family and started her life in the U.S. at a refugee camp on Camp Pendleton"

  1. BHO says....   September 24, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Don’t you know our strength doesn’t come from competence, or excellence, or having the best qualified people in important positions….it comes from diversity!

  2. Carla   September 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Perhaps BHO would like to address Judge Nguyen’s supposed lack of competence, excellence or qualifications? Or are racist, sexist and nativist insinuations the only contributions you have about this article?

  3. Reality Checker   September 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    You do know, Carla, that ANY judicial appointment by Barack Hussien Obama is simply stacking the courts in the Marxists favor. Marxists expect that these judges will rule in favor of big government overreach and throw the constitution, common law, and ordinary citizens under the bus any chance they get. In fact, they even have a group of attorneys to build the docket for these activist judges, and thus legislate social agenda and governmental control over every citizen of the United States…..they are known as the ACLU.

  4. Frank   September 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Ya know come to think of it your so right Carla. it’s all racism..
    >Sarcasm off< Who knows, a better pick of a qualified judge may have been the son of a soldier who was killed while serving in Vietnam, but wasn’t because he was Caucasian….Accusations of racism are the last refuge of the incompetent, More than 2000 years ago Aristotle identified the ad hominem attack (calling people names) as a logical fallacy, inherently a failure of reasoning. It still is.

  5. BHO says   September 26, 2011 at 8:34 am

    What’s so hard to understand about another affirmative action super star, attorney, college professor, that never worked a day in her life (who does that remind me of?) who is going to explain to us working stiffs how things work in the real world?

  6. Nick   September 26, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Right. She never worked a day in her life, except for those 10 years as a litigation associate and federal prosecutor, then those other 10 years as a state and federal judge.

    BTW, Judge Nguyen was just unanimously confirmed. That must mean that the Senate Republicans are all closet Marxists.

  7. Really?   September 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    BTW, there is now a Martin Luther King memorial on the National Mall. If we only listened to MLK’s advice to judge people not “by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” we never would have been stuck with this Obama mess……

  8. Really!   September 28, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Yea, I heard the same thing about the last president …

  9. BHO says....   September 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Don’t you rubes watch the news? It’s UN-American to use the word American now. They are now African people of the United States, and Mexican people of the United States. The rest of us are racist people of the United States who need sensitivity training. We racists think everyone should earn what they get. The new way of thinking says you Deserve what you think you Deserve, so it’s yours , but only if you are a minority.

  10. tonedeaf   September 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    As far as I can tell, BHO, your comment has no basis other than the reasons that Carla mentioned. I could not turn up anything all that controversial about this woman. She spent her childhood helping her mom clean up dental offices and worked in the family donut shop while in college so I’m not sure where you are getting the idea that she hasn’t worked a day in her life. I’m not sure how having her family’s life turned upside down by communists would influence her views on Marxism, but I doubt that they would be favorable. Maybe you guys could do a little fact checking and you won’t sound like a bunch of uninformed bigots.

  11. Question   September 30, 2011 at 9:55 am

    How come no one takes Jesus literally when it is something that is not in their interest?

  12. Steven   September 30, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I’m going with Reality Checker and Nick. Obama has converted America into a "Debtor Nation", NOT a better nation. And it frightens me anytime a crybaby liberal is appointed to the 9th Circus Court of Appeals. It has nothing to do with race, creed or color. It’s about competence. He’ll be blaming Fallbrook next for all the woes in the good ole U.S.A next. Clip and save!

  13. Carla   September 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    And again now this time to Steven. Is there something about Judge Nguyen you might like to specifically address? No need to be shy or coy. Please just explain to us exactly how Judge Nguyen is "a crybaby liberal".


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