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Presiding Judge Miller to Give Commencement Address at Mercer Law

Presiding Judge M. Yvette Miller, who earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from Mercer and serves on the University’s Board of Trustees, will give a commencement address to the graduating class of the Mercer School of Law on Saturday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in Hawkins Arena.

Presiding Judge M. Yvette Miller

Presiding Judge Miller was appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals in 1999, becoming the first African American woman to serve on the court in the history of the state. In 2009, she became the first African American woman to serve the court as chief judge. Among many career highlights, she implemented the e-filing initiative that greatly improved access to the appellate court for attorneys and parties throughout the state of Georgia.

Before serving on the Court of Appeals, Presiding Judge Miller sat as a judge on the State Court of Fulton County. She was the first woman, first African American and youngest person to serve as the director and judge of the Appellate Division of the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. She also served as an administrative law judge on the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, as senior in-house litigation counsel for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and as one of the first female prosecutors in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. She began her private practice career in Jesup, where she also owned and operated a car dealership.

Presiding Judge Miller, who established an endowed scholarship for students at Mercer Law School to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, was honored with the unveiling of her portrait at the Mercer Law Day celebration in 2019.