First Asian-American Judge Joins the Appellate Bench in Georgia

On January 24, 2013, Judge Carla Wong McMillian was sworn-in as the newest member of the Court of Appeals of Georgia.  Gov. Nathan Deal selected Judge McMillian to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge A. Harris Adams who retired on December 31, 2012, after ten years on the Court of Appeals.
altWith this appointment, Judge McMillian became the first Asian-American woman to serve on either of Georgia’s appellate courts.  In 2010 Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Judge McMillian to the State Court bench in Fayette County.  She won a contested race to a full four-year term making her the first Asian-American female to win a judicial election in Georgia in July 2012.
The Augusta native clerked for US District Court Judge William C. O’Kelley, Nothern District, and was a partner in the law firm of Souther Asbill and Brennan, LLP prior to her State Court appointment. 
Judge O’Kelley introduced Judge McMillian to a crowded assembly in the North Wing of the State Capitol where she was joined by family, friends, and colleagues.


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