Leah Ward Sears (1955)
@ New Georgia Encyclopedia
DescriptionEncyclopedia article about Leah Ward Sears. Leah Ward Sears served as the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia from 2005 until 2009. During those same years she was also chair of the Judicial Council of Georgia. In 1992, when she was appointed by Georgia governor Zell Miller, Sears became the first woman and the youngest justice to sit on the Supreme Court of Georgia. Thirteen years later, in 2005, Sears was elected as chief justice, becoming the first African American woman to serve as chief justice of any state supreme court in the United States.
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