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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006

January 18, 2013

Contact: Emily Chatterjee
(202) 775- 9555

NAPABA Applauds the Appointment of Judge Carla Wong McMillian
to the Georgia Court of Appeals; First Asian Pacific American
State Appellate Court Judge in the Southeast

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed Judge Carla Wong McMillian to be a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals. Judge McMillian is the first Asian Pacific American state appellate court judge to be appointed in the Southeast Region of the United States.

"We applaud Governor Deal for this historic appointment," stated Wendy Shiba, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). "Judge McMillian has distinguished herself on the Georgia trial court bench, and we believe that all of Georgia benefits from having a highly qualified and diverse Court of Appeals."

Judge McMillian has been a state court judge in Fayette County, Georgia since 2010. In 2012, she became the first Asian Pacific American female judge to be elected in Georgia. Prior to Judge McMillian's appointment to the bench, she was a partner at the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP, where she focused on complex litigation. She has been listed as a "Rising Star" in Georgia Super Lawyers in 2007 and 2010. NAPABA recognized her as one of its "Best Lawyers Under 40" in 2012. Judge McMillian is a proud Georgian, whose grandparents immigrated to the United States from China in the 1920s and whose mother is from Hong Kong.

NAPABA congratulates Judge McMillian on her appointment and commends Governor Deal for his initiative in diversifying the judiciary


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 62 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti- immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of people of color in the legal profession.