I was born in Laos after the end of the Vietnam War. My mother and I escaped on a boat across the Mekong River when I was eight years old. When we finally came to the United States, we were sponsored by a family in Idaho. We were one of three Laos families in our small community. I did not know how to read and can only speak a few sentences in English.
As a second grader, I was sitting in a classroom with the other children, when I heard the phrase, "For the People, By the People." I knew what it meant. And thought, if my country had these ideals, my family would not be scattered across the world. I wouldn't be separated from my cousins, aunts, and uncles. I wanted to be a part of something that would uphold and work toward these ideals.
My parents worked long hours in potato processing facilities while I got my bearings in elementary school. They physically toiled as I struggled to first get through college--and then law school.
I graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a B.A. Political Science in 1996; three years later, graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law and passed the Bar.
I am a member of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Washington State Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and an EAGLE member of Washington State Association for Justice,. I am also a graduate of the Trial Lawyer College.
I speak Lao/Thai.
In between the battles and victories in the courtroom, I am raising three incredible children.
My practice is in West Seattle, focusing on personal injury and immigration law. My mission is to help and empower people of every social and economic tier to gain full access to their legal rights within the U.S. Justice System.