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This Day in Georgia History

June 28, 2005

Leah Ward Sears Sworn In

Leah Ward Sears was sworn in as chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court; thus becoming the first African-American female state supreme court justice in the nation, and the first female state supreme court justice in Georgia. Sears served four years as chief justice, stepping down at the end of her term on June 30, 2009, and returning to the private practice of law. Since then, her name has been on the short list for appointment as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on two occasions.