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Tran named first Asian-American circuit judge in Virginia

John M. Tran has been invested as a Fairfax Circuit Court judge, making him the first Vietnamese-American full-time judge in Virginia as well as the first Asian-American judge in a court of record.

The ceremony took place July 12 at the Fairfax County Courthouse, with Alexandria Circuit Judge Lisa Bondareff Kemler administering his oath. Senator J. Chapman Petersen presented the official commission.

Tran was previously in private practice with the Alexandria law firm of DiMuroGinsberg, where he handled federal criminal white-collar cases and complex civil business litigation. He was formerly a state and federal prosecutor, and has spent time on the bench as a substitute judge.

In 2011, Tran was honored by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as a “Leader in the Law” for his leadership role in the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Tran also served on the Fairfax Bar Association Board of Directors.

The General Assembly elected Tran to the bench in April. He previously took his oath of office on June 27.

CORRECTION: This article was updated at 12:26 p.m. on July 15, 2013, to clarify that John Tran is the first Asian-American judge in a Virginia circuit court.

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