Governor taps McMillian for appeals court
3:30 pm, January 16th, 2013
Governor Nathan Deal has chosen Fayette County State Court Judge Carla Wong McMillian to be the newest judge on the state Court of Appeals.
McMillian, 39, is the first Asian-American judge on the appellate bench. She was appointed to the state court by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2010 and won re-election in July in a contested race.
Deal selected McMillian from a short list of candidates recommended by his Judicial Nominating Commission that also included Dougherty County Superior Court Judge Stephen Goss and Tift County
State Court Judge Larry Mims. More than 75 people were nominated for the seat, 33 applied and 16 were interviewed.
Today’s appointment is Deal’s fifth on the appellate bench in two years. Three of his previous four came from lower courts as opposed to the practicing bar.
Prior to her appointment to the state court bench, McMillian was a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, where she represented auto and motorcycle manufacturers in the areas of franchise and dealer litigation and defended accountants against malpractice actions.
McMillian earned her law degree from the University of Georgia and clerked for U.S. District Judge William C. O’Kelley in Atlanta. She also is on the Board of Advisors of the Atlanta Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society.