Gov. Brian P. Kemp on March 26 announced his selection of former Fayette County State Court Judge and Tyrone resident Carla Wong McMillian to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court.
Judge McMillian will become the first Asian-American female in the Southeast U.S. to be appointed to the state’s highest court.
Judge McMillian currently serves as a judge for the Court of Appeals of Georgia.
Before serving on the Court of Appeals, Judge McMillian served as a judge for the State Court of Fayette County. Prior to that time, she was an associate and then partner with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.
Judge McMillian also served as law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Judge McMillian earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.
She and her family live in Tyrone.
Judge McMillian currently is Vice Chief Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals. She was one of four finalists — all women — on the list given to Gov. Kemp earlier in March by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
She was first appointed to a vacancy on the State Court of Fayette County in 2010 by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue. She was then elected to a full term on that court in 2012 with 66 percent of the vote.
A year later, Gov. Nathan Deal appointed her to the Georgia Court of Appeals. On her resume, Judge McMillian said she was the first Asian-American to be elected to statewide office as a result of her uncontested election in 2014.
The vacancy on the state high court resulted from the retirement of Justice Robert Benham, who was the court’s first African American member.