A judgeship for the record books

Judge-Elect Meng Lim is an American success story.  Even before he won the July 22 run-off election to become the next superior court judge on the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit, Lim’s story highlights the perseverance of those looking to achieve the American dream.
 
altArriving in Bremen, Georgia, from Southeast Asia at the age of 9, Judge Lim spoke little English. By 1991, Lim was valedictorian of his high school class. He studied at Emory University and earned his J.D. in 1998 from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer.  After his graduation from law school, he returned to Bremen to begin his legal career.  
 
Judge Lim, upon confirming his victory, said, “God Bless the United States of America, the only place on earth where a refugee kid who spoke no English when I arrived could have aspired to become a Superior Court Judge. I hope to acquit myself to be a good and faithful servant for justice.”
 
Judge Lim is the first Asian-American to be elected to a superior court seat in Georgia. He follows in the footsteps of Judge Al Wong, State Court of DeKalb County, the first Asian-American elected to a state court, and Judge Carla Wong McMillian, the first Asian-American appointed to a state appellate court.
 
Other elections decided on July 22 include runoff elections in the Atlanta, Cobb, and Conasauga Circuits:
 
Atlanta Circuit (Wright) – Jane Barwick
Cobb Circuit  (Bodiford) – Ann Harris
Conasauga Circuit (Blevins) - Jim Wilbanks.

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