On May 14, 2020, the White House announced the nomination of John C. Truong and Danny Lam Nguyen to serve as Associate Judges of the DC Superior Court. APABA-DC endorsed both Mr. Truong and Mr. Nguyen for these positions. Their nominations are pending confirmation by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Read the press release here.
John C. Truong is a past-president of APABA-DC and a recipient of APABA-DC's Member Appreciation Award and NAPABA's Best Lawyers Under 40 Award. Since 2008, he has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he has handled criminal and affirmative and defensive civil cases. Mr. Truong received his JD degree from American University Washington College of Law. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Ricardo Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He then went into private practice at Morgan Lewis & Bockius for six years.
Danny Lam Nguyen has been a trial attorney in the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division since 2017. He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Mr. Nguyen clerked for two years for Judge Reggie B. Walton in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and also has experience in the private sector as an attorney at WilmerHale. Mr. Nguyen received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. In 2007, Mr. Nguyen helped to found VABA-DC and served on its inaugural board of directors.
Mr. Truong came to the United States from Vietnam as a refugee when he was a child. Mr. Nguyen's parents also fled Vietnam as refugees. If confirmed, Mr. Truong and Mr. Nguyen would be the first Vietnamese-American judges ever to serve on the DC Superior Court.