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Onetime Vietnam refugee confirmed to be a federal appeals judge

May 8, 2012 |  7:45 am

Jacqueline NguyenJacqueline H. Nguyen's route to a seat on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals began in a tent city in Camp Pendleton, where she and her family lived for a time after fleeing Vietnam in 1975.

When she later worked at the family's doughnut shop in North Hollywood, she studied when she wasn't serving customers.

On Monday, the Senate confirmed Nguyen to the 9th Circuit, making her the first Asian American woman to sit on a federal appellate court. When President Obama nominated her last fall, he called her a trailblazer.

Nguyen, a graduate of Occidental College, was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2002 and in 2009 became a federal judge in the Central District  of  California.

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