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HOME Latest News Fayette County Welcomes Three New Judges
Fayette County Welcomes Three New Judges Print E-mail

Fayette County has three new judges, although one is a familiar face in the halls and courtrooms at the Fayette County Justice Center.

Gov. Sonny Perdue has named Fayette County State Court Judge and former District Attorney  W. Fletcher Sams, to fill one of two Superior Court Judge vacancies in the Griffin Judicial Circuit. The Governor also named Pike County’s Robert “Mack” Crawford, Director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, as the circuit’s fourth Superior Court Judge. Fayette County is one of four counties in the Griffin Judicial Circuit – the others counties are Spalding, Pike and Upson. Perdue also named Carla Wong McMillian as Sams’ replacement as Fayette County State Court Judge. McMillian is a partner with the Atlanta law firm of Sutherland Asbill and Brennan LLP.


Sams, 56, lives in south Fayette County, and is a sixth generation native of the county. He has served as Fayette County State Court Judge for more than 13 years – the first Judge elected to preside over the county’s state court with its inception in 1997. Prior to being elected to the bench, he practiced law in a number of capacities. He has served as Assistant District Attorney for the Waycross Judicial Circuit, and was later elected to serve as District Attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit. He has also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District. Sams spent a number of years in private practice in Fayetteville and Griffin, and served as an Associate Professor of Criminology for Mercer University. Sams earned his B.A. in Biology from Rhodes College in 1976, and obtained his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1979.



Crawford, 56, of Concord, served eight terms in the Georgia General Assembly before resigning in August 2007 to become director of the Public Defender Standards Council. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1992. He was in private practice for 20 years in Zebulon. He graduated in 1987 from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. He began his post-secondary matriculation at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and graduated in 1974.  In 1976 he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia- College of Agriculture.




McMillian, 37, lives in Tyrone, and brings a lot of courtroom experience as a corporate business attorney. Much of her litigation experience has been in federal court. She earned her J.D. from the University of  Georgia School of Law in 1998, graduating summa cum laude. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Duke University in 1995. She was selected as a “2010 Most Powerful and Influential Woman of the Year” by the National Diversity Council, and was selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2007 and 2010.




 Sams and Crawford join the circuit’s two other Superior Court Judges – Judge Chris Edwards and Judge Tommy Hankinson