Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, Human Ecology '76, delivered a wide-ranging and intellectually ambitious talk to Cornell alumni in March in which she advocated for programs that encourage parents to get married and stay married. The event was sponsored by the College of Human Ecology, the Alumni Association of Atlanta, the Black Alumni Association of Atlanta, the Law School and Law School Association, Minority Alumni Programs and the Southeast Regional Office.
Sears graduated from Cornell in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies, and went on to get a law degree from Emory University and a master's degree in the appellate judicial process from the University of Virginia. She was elected to the Superior Court of Fulton County in 1988 and became the first woman and youngest person ever to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court when she was appointed to the seat in 1992. She is also the first woman to serve as Chief Justice of the Court
Attendees of the event were welcomed by alumnus David Abrahams HE '76, MS '01, PhD '04, who develops programs at the Integrated Life Center in Atlanta, a non-profit behavioral health care organization. Charles J. Brainerd, Professor of Human Development and Coordinator of the Law, Psychology, and Human Development Program, introduced Chief Justice Sears.