McMillian was the first Asian-American woman elected to be a judge in Georgia, according to a news release from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office. The appointment fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Judge Harris Adams.
McMillian graduated from Westminster Schools of Augusta in 1991, according to Augusta Chronicle archives. She was appointed to the State Court bench in Fayette County in 2010.
“I’m honored to be on the Court of Appeals,” she said. “I think it will be an exciting new opportunity for me.”
McMillian said leaving her current position is “bittersweet.” She said she enjoyed directly serving a local community and ensuring laws were enforced.
In the Court of Appeals, McMillian said, she will work to make sure rulings are decided within proper time limits.
McMillian earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. She lives in Tyrone, Ga., with her husband and two children.