Meet Justice Truc T. Do, 2021 Witkin Award Honoree for Excellence in Adjudication of the Law
For the next four weeks we will be featuring a 2021 Bernard E. Witkin Award Honoree chosen by the San Diego Law Library Foundation. The Witkin Awards celebrate excellence in the San Diego legal Community and the good works done by the honorees. This weeks Witkin Award Honoree is Justice Truc T. Do.
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 unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments and took the oath of office on January 14, 2021. Before appointment to the Court of Appeal, Justice Do served as a 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.
Join the celebration of Justice Do’s amazing career by making your reservation for the San Diego Law Library Foundation’s 2021 Bernard E. Witkin Award Reception. This year’s reception will be held on October 14th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, and also be virtually streamed online for those who cannot attend in person. The Witkin Award Reception is the primary fundraiser of the San Diego Law Library Foundation.