The first Hmong-American judge in United States history was appointed to the Merced County Superior Court in California on Friday.
Paul Lo (pictured), 45, is a Merced resident and practicing attorney of 20 years. He spent his youth in refugee camps and immigrated to the United States at the age of 11 without any knowledge of English.
He credited his appointment to the struggles his parents endured to bring their family to America.
“I’m so thankful and so proud of them for what they had to do going through the Vietnam War, and what they and everyone in their generation sacrificed, and all the lives that were lost so that we could be here today.”
To read more about Lo’s background, read the article at the Modesto Bee.