Meet the First Asian American Woman in Georgia’s Supreme Court
For the first time in history, an Asian American woman has been appointed to Georgia’s Supreme Court.
Gov. Brian Kemp named Carla Wong McMillian to the state’s highest judicial authority on Friday, filling the vacancy from the retirement of Justice Robert Benham on March 1.
Prior to her appointment, McMillian, 46, had served on the state Court of Appeals since 2013.
“Obviously, there are more important things happening in the world right now, but this appointment is an honor and a proud moment for me and my family,” she said, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I am humbled by Gov. Kemp’s confidence in me.”
McMillian’s grandparents reportedly immigrated from China in the 1920s, while her mother came from Hong Kong. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her law degree from the University of Georgia.
The judge served as a partner with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. In 2010, she was appointed to the State Court of Fayette County by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue.
McMillian was submitted as a potential nominee to the governor earlier this month, along with other female judges. Those included Verda Colvin, Sara L. Doyle and Shawn LaGrua.
The Georgia Supreme Court is composed of nine justices. McMillian is joining Chief Justice Harold Melton (Chief Justice), David Nahmias (Presiding Justice), Keith R. Blackwell, Michael P. Boggs, Nels S.D. Peterson, Sarah Hawkins Warren, Charlie Bethel, and John J. Ellington.
Thanks all for the congratulatory texts, calls, emails, and posts. Obviously, there are more important things happening in the world, but I am honored that @GovKemp has placed his confidence in me and look forward to serving this great State on the Supreme Court.
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