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Deal Taps B.J. Pak for Judge-Picking Panel

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Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed a new member to his Judicial Nominating Commission: state Rep. B.J. Pak, R.-Lilburn. He is the commission's first Korean-American member.

One of Pak's first duties was participating in the Nov. 4 interviews of judicial nominees for the Chattahoochee and Oconee circuits.

"I'm very honored to serve on the JNC and to have some input on the recommendations that go to the governor," Pak said Wednesday. "I think the judiciary is in good hands as long as we get good candidates to apply." Pak added that geographic, gender and ethnic diversity is "always front and center" in the commission's consideration of candidates.

Pak's Oct. 28 appointment was announced Wednesday by Ballard Spahr, where Pak is a litigation partner practicing in white-collar criminal defense.

Pak is a former assistant federal prosecutor in the Northern District of Georgia, where he focused on business and financial crimes. Prior to joining Ballard Spahr in 2012, he worked at Schiff Harden and Alston & Bird. At the Capitol, Pak is vice chairman of the house Judiciary Non-Civil Committee and secretary of the Code Revision Committee.

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