Sears 80L Elected to American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Leah Ward Sears 80L, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
Academy membership is by invitation only and limited to 500 members in the United States. Fellows must be recognized as a distinguished appellate lawyer and have a practice that has focused substantially on appeals for 15 years or more. Nominations come from current fellows and suggestions are accepted from judges and practitioners.
Sears served for 17 years on the Georgia Supreme Court. She has been a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP since 2009 and leads the firmís national Appellate Client Service Team.
Sears is a member of the Emory University Board of Trustees. In addition to her JD earned at Emory Law, Sears holds an LLM in appellate judicial studies from the University of Virginia School of Law.