State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia

Congratulations to new Supreme Court justice, Court of Appeals judges

April 6, 2020
By Darrell Sutton

Daily Report

To the Editor:

The State Bar of Georgia congratulates Judge Carla Wong McMillian on her appointment by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court of Georgia, as well as Macon Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Verda M. Colvin and Flint Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Trea Pipkin of McDonough on their appointments by Gov. Kemp to serve as judges on the Court of Appeals.

Judge McMillian, a Tyrone resident who will become the Southeast’s first Asian-American woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice, brings 22 years in the legal profession to her new role. This includes her time as a Judge on the Court of Appeals of Georgia, and, before that, stints as a judge for the State Court of Fayette County, partner with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, and as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Judges Colvin and Pipkin come well-prepared for their new positions. Judge Colvin, who was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1993, previously served as assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, assistant district attorney for Clayton County, assistant general counsel for Clark Atlanta University, assistant solicitor for Athens-Clarke County and in private law practice. Judge Pipkin brings 15 years of legal experience to his new position, including service as solicitor general for Henry County and as an assistant district attorney in the Flint Circuit.

By accepting these appointments, Justice-to-be McMillian and Judges Colvin and Pipkin continue to demonstrate their commitment to serving the public and the justice system. Their fellow members of the State Bar of Georgia wish them well in these new capacities of statewide judicial leadership.


Darrell Sutton
President, State Bar of Georgia