Obama Court Pick Would Make History

Vietnamese-American woman nominated for US appellate court
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2011 11:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jacqueline Nguyen fled her native Vietnam as a young girl during the fall of Saigon, and she may soon make history as the first Vietnamese-American to serve on a federal appellate court. President Obama has nominated "trailblazer" Jacqueline Nguyen to serve on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, reports McClatchy Newspapers. She already is the first Vietnamese-American woman to serve as a federal judge, notes the Los Angeles Times, which has a photo and more details on her background.

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Given the current political climate, it's no slam dunk that she'll get Senate confirmation, writes McClatchy's Michael Doyle. Especially because the position is such a high-profile one. "I'd be surprised if the White House is consciously grooming her for a Supreme Court nomination, but she may end up as a top-tier candidate anyway," says one court watcher. (Read more Jacqueline Nguyen stories.)

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