Leah Ward Sears (b. 1955) is a former Chief Ju…

Leah Ward Sears (b. 1955) is a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. Upon her appointment in 1992, she became the first African-American woman to serve as Chief Justice in the United States, as well as the first woman and the youngest member of Georgia’s Supreme Court.

She also served as a fellow of the Institute of American Values, and taught at the University of Georgia Law School. She is a founder of the Battered Women’s Project in Columbus, Georgia.