ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor has appointed a new justice to the state's highest court.

In a news release Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the appointment of Sarah Hawkins Warren to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court. Her appointment will take effect when she's sworn in.

Warren is to fill the vacancy left when Judge Britt Grant was recently confirmed to serve on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

Warren is currently the solicitor general in the state attorney general's office, where she previously served as deputy solicitor general and special counsel for water litigation.

Warren also clerked for two federal judges and was a partner with Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington. She holds undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University.