Justice Leah Ward Sears: Seizing Serendipity

Univ. of Georgia. Sept. 2017. 184p. photos. notes. index. ISBN 9780820351650. $34.95. LAW
This brief but engaging biography shares many stories. First, it tells of Leah Ward Sears, who, in 1992, was the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Georgia, and in 2005, was the first African American woman to serve as chief justice of a state Supreme Court. It also tells the story of the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries, as it follows Sears and her family from the civil rights movement to the election of President Barack Obama and beyond. Davis (criminal justice & criminology, Georgia Southern Univ.) did extensive interviews with Sears and her family, friends, and colleagues, which paint an absorbing picture of Sears's personal and public life. The book also details Sears's judicial thought and discusses notable cases over which she presided, which is the account's most intriguing aspect. The author further discusses the politics of the Georgia judicial system and its impact on Sears's career.
VERDICT This is book will interest a variety of readers, from history buffs to anyone interested in Georgia's judicial system. Recommended for public, academic, and law libraries, especially those in Georgia.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing