by Robin Kemp

Attorney Jenny Nguyen made history February 9 as she took the oath for associate judge in Morrow.

Nguyen is Morrow’s first woman of Vietnamese-American descent, as well as Clayton County’s first female Asian-American judge.

She is married to Judge Ethan Pham, who was Morrow’s first Vietnamese-American judge. The two are also law partners with an office in Morrow.

Morrow Associate Judge Jenny Nguyen (center rear), Judge Ethan Pham (to her left), relatives, and members of the Vietnamese community at her swearing-in, Feb. 9, 2021

Nguyen earned her bachelor’s of business administration with a real estate concentration from Georgia State University and her J.D. and M.B.A. with honors from St. Thomas University in Miami. She earned both her advanced degrees in two and a half years.

Her background is in real estate law and closings; family law and bankruptcy; and immigration law, especially deportation proceedings. According to Nguyen’s bio on her firm’s website, “Having been through the immigration process herself as an immigrant to this country, she deeply understands the plight of her immigration law clients, and this enables her to become an excellent advocate for them.”

Nguyen has served as president of the Georgia Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce (GVACC) and founding president of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Georgia (VABA-GA). She is vice-president of the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys (NCVAA), and a member of AILA (GA-AL Chapter), Georgia Bar’s Young Lawyers Division, ABA, GAPABA and NAPABA.  

Nguyen was named one of Georgia Asian Times’ 25 Most Influential Asian Americans.

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