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Carla Wong McMillian

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Carla Wong McMillian
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia
Assumed office
March 27, 2020
Appointed byBrian Kemp
Preceded byRobert Benham
Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals
In office
January 24, 2013 – March 27, 2020
Appointed byNathan Deal
Preceded byA. Harris Adams
Succeeded byvacant
Judge of the Georgia State Court for Fayette County
In office
August 11, 2010 – January 24, 2013
Appointed bySonny Perdue
Personal details
(1973-05-27) May 27, 1973 (age 46)[1]

Augusta , Georgia, U.S.[1]
EducationDuke University (B.A.)
University of Georgia School of Law (J.D.)

Carla Wong McMillian (born May 27, 1973) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia and former Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Education and legal career

McMillian received her bachelor's degrees in both history and economics from Duke University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law. She later served as a law clerk to William Clark O'Kelley of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She then went on to be a partner with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.[2]

State court service

On June 18, 2010 McMillian was one of three candidates recommended by the nominating commission for a vacancy on the Griffin Judicial Circuit.[3] On August 11, 2010 Governor Sonny Perdue appointed McMillan to be a Judge of the Georgia State Court for Fayette County.[2]

Appointment to Georgia Court of Appeals

On January 16, 2013 Governor Nathan Deal appointed McMillian to the Georgia Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of A. Harris Adams.[4][5] She was sworn into office on January 24, 2013.[6] She is the first Asian Pacific American state appellate judge ever to be appointed in the Southeast.[7] Upon her election in 2014, Judge McMillian became the first Asian American to be elected to a statewide office in Georgia.[6]

Appointment to Georgia Supreme Court

In early March 2020, McMillian was submitted as a potential nominee to the governor, along with Judge Verda Colvin, Judge Sara L. Doyle and Judge Shawn LaGrua, all women.[8] On March 27, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp announced his appointment of McMillian to the Supreme Court of Georgia.[9] She fills the seat left vacant by Robert Benham who retired on March 1, 2020. At the time of her appointment, McMillian became the first Asian American woman in the Southeast to be appointed to the state's highest court.[10]

Personal life

She is married to her husband, Lance, and has two children.[2]


She currently serves or has served in leadership roles for the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Fayette County Historical Society, the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, the Real Life Center, the Atlanta Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, the Georgia Legal History Foundation.[6]


  1. ^ a b Hubbell, Martindale (December 2007). Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory: Florida, Georgia, Hawaii (Volume 4 - 2008). Martindale-Hubbell. ISBN 9781561607730.
  2. ^ a b c "Governor Announces Appointments to Griffin Circuit Superior Court, Fayette County State Court" (Press release). 2010-08-11. Archived from the original on 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  3. ^ "Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue - Judicial Nominating Commission Recommends Nominees to Fill Vacancies on the Griffin Judicial Circuit, State Court of Habersham County". (Press release). 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  4. ^ Deal, Nathan (2013-01-16). "Deal appoints McMillian to Georgia Court of Appeals". (Press release). Office of the Governor. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  5. ^ January 17, Kathleen; Baydala Joyner (2013-01-17). "Governor taps Carla Wong McMillian to Court of Appeals". Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  6. ^ a b c "Court of Appeals of Georgia: Judge Carla McMillian". Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  7. ^ Rankin, Bill (2013-01-16). "Deal puts first Asian-American on state appellate court". ajc. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  8. ^ Beverly, Cal (March 11, 2020). "Judge Carla McMillian of Tyrone on short list for Ga. Supreme Court". The Citizen. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  9. ^ "Gov. Kemp Names Appointments to Supreme Court of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals" (Press release). Atlanta, Georgia. March 27, 2020. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  10. ^ "Augusta native selected to serve on Georgia Supreme Court". March 27, 2020. Retrieved March 28, 2020.

External links

Legal offices
Preceded by
A. Harris Adams
Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals
Preceded by
Robert Benham
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia

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