Leah Sears serves as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. She was the first African-American woman to serve as Superior Court Judge in Georgia, and when appointed in 1992, she was the first woman and youngest person ever to serve on Georgia's Supreme Court. Sixty-five percent of all civil cases heard at the superior court level in Georgia involve issues regarding families and children. In response, The Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law was created in July, 2006 and is chaired by Chief Justice Sears.
A graduate of Cornell University, Emory University School of Law, and the University of Virginia School of Law, Justice Sears' professional and civil affiliations are varied and numerous. She is the past Chair of the American Bar Association's Board of Elections, and has served as Chair of the Atlanta Bar's Minority Clerkship Program. Justice Sears founded and served as the first president of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, and has served on the board of numerous social service and non-profit organizations including the Georgia Chapter of the National Council of Christians and Jews, and the Morehouse School of Medicine Center for Child Abuse & Neglect.