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California State Court of AppealCandidate for Justice, District 4, Division 1

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Truc T. Do

Associate Justice, CA Court of Appeal, District 4, Division 1, 2021-present: VOTER APPROVAL NEEDED TO REMAIN IN OFFICE
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Profession:Associate Justice, CA Court of Appeal
Associate Justice, CA Court of Appeal, District 4, Division 1 — Appointed position (2021–current)
Judge, San Diego Superior Court — Appointed position (2018–2021)
Partner (Business and Torts Litigation Department), Jones Day (2014–2018)
Associate (2009-2010), Partner (2010-2014), Munger, Tolles & Olson (2009–2014)
Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (1999–2009)
Criminal Prosecutor (Hardcore Gang Division and Major Crimes Division), Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office — Appointed position (1999–2009)
Litigation Associate, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (1997–1999)


Stanford Law School J.D., law (1997)
UCLA B.A., political science (1993)

Community Activities

Advisory Board Member, Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California (not availa–current)
Member, Lawyers Club (not availa–current)
Member, Board of Trustees, San Diego County Law Library (2019–2021)
Member, Board of Directors, San Diego Volunteer Law Program (2015–2018)
Member, Board of Directors, California Women's Law Center (2010–2014)


Official biography from the Court of Appeal website:

Justice Truc T. Do was nominated for appointment to the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One by Governor Gavin Newsom on December 8, 2020. She was found exceptionally well qualified for the position by the California Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE), and unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments.  She took the oath of office on January 14, 2021. Before appointment to the Court of Appeal, Justice Do served as a trial judge of the San Diego Superior Court where she presided over criminal and family law courts.

Justice Do was born in Pleiku, Vietnam and came to the United States as a war refugee at the age of 3 with her family in April of 1975. The family settled in San Diego after their relocation through the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen at age 11 in 1982. Justice Do grew up in San Diego and attended Clairemont High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993, graduating magna cum laude, and a Juris Doctor degree at Stanford Law School in 1997.

Justice Do began her legal career as a litigation associate at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. She joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in 1999 and, during her 10-year tenure as a criminal prosecutor, Justice Do prosecuted gang murders and violent crimes in the Hardcore Gang Division and crimes of significant public interest in the Major Crimes Division. In 2009, Justice Do joined Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles where she became Partner in 2010. In 2014, Justice Do returned home to San Diego and joined Jones Day as Partner in their Business and Torts Litigation Department. During her 20-year career as a lawyer, Justice Do has tried 76 cases to jury verdict, including 21 homicide cases.

Justice Do serves on the Advisory Board of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California and is a member of the Lawyers Club. She previously served as Trustee on the Board of Trustees for the San Diego Law Library and has served on several boards of nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting equal access to the legal system for underrepresented and disadvantaged citizens in the community.  In 2021, the San Dieo Law Library Foundation honored Justice Do with the award for Excellence in the Adjudication of the Law.

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— October 3, 2022 CaliforniaCourts

The Commission on Judicial Appointments on Jan. 14 unanimously approved Justice Truc T. Do to the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One (San Diego).

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