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Author Rebecca Shriver Davis at Athens-Clarke County Library


The Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library will host author Rebecca Shriver Davis on Sunday, June 10, as she discusses her biography, Justice Leah Ward Sears: Seizing Serendipity.

This Café au Libris event will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Athens-Clarke County Library’s Appleton Auditorium, followed by a reception where books will be available for purchase and signing.

This is the first full biography of Justice Leah Ward Sears. In 1992, Sears became the first woman and youngest justice to sit on the Supreme Court of Georgia. In 2005, she became the first African American woman to serve as chief justice of any state supreme court in the country.

This book explores her childhood in a career military family; her education; her early work as an attorney; her rise through Georgia’s city, county, and state court systems; and her various pursuits after leaving the Supreme Court in 2009, when she transitioned into a life that was no less active or public.

Justice Leah Ward Sears

Rebecca Shriver Davis is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and founding director of the Office of Pre-Law Advising at Georgia Southern University