Leah Ward Sears

Partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP

Leah Ward Sears

Leah Ward Sears

Partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP

Overview
Career Highlights

Battered Women's Project

RelSci Relationships

1969

Primary Location

Atlanta, GA, United States

Number of Boards

3

Birthday

06/13/1955 - Heidelberg, Germany

Age

65

Number of Awards

10

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Partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP

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Partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP

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Partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP

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Partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP

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Former President of United States

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Co-Founder at The Carter Center, Inc.

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Financial Administrator at The Carter Center, Inc.

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Partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP

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Partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP

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Former Attorney at Arrington and Hollowell

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Spouse
Vice Chairman at Corporate Council on Africa

Corporate Council on Africa is the leading business association focused solely on connecting business interests in Africa. See Continued Mission Statement in Schedule O.

Ex-Spouse
Vice President, Development & Communications at Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-Ucla Medical Center

Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA is a private company headquartered in Torrance, CA. The firm operates as biomedical research organization. David I. Meyer is currently the CEO of the company.The company says this about itself: LA BioMed is an engine of innovation with a global reach and a 67-year reputation of improving and saving lives. Driven by the positive social impacts of breakthrough therapies, the Southern California-based research institute and incubator – with over 100 principal investigators ( PhDs, MDs and MD/ PhDs) working on over 600 research studies, including therapies for multiple orphan diseases.

Education
LLM
Class of 1994

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, Virginia has educated generations of lawyers, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service. Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. At Virginia, law students share their experiences in a cooperative spirit, both in and out of the classroom, and build a network that lasts well beyond their three years here. With more than 20,000 students and a faculty of more than 2,100, the University of Virginia has been ranked first or second among the nation's public universities since 1984. The University's diverse intellectual life is open to law students: Up to 12 credits from other departments may be counted toward the J.D. degree.

Juris Doctor
Class of 1980

We offer real-world experiences that give you a glimpse of what life as a lawyer will be like. And we expose you to diverse opportunities to help you determine where your passions lie—whether it’s fighting to protect a patent or a human life. Our professors have unique backgrounds and interests—from pioneering the Feminism and Legal Theory Project to uncovering the intersection of law and religion, to fighting for justice for Guantanamo Bay detainees. But they all share a culture of openness and collaboration with their students and with each other. As an Emory Law student, you are encouraged to challenge the status quo and follow your mind and your heart. You may aspire to do mergers and acquisitions in a large corporation, or to be on the ground pursuing the personal cause or in the courtroom defending an abused child. Whichever path you choose, you will leave Emory with a deep knowledge of the law and a set of valuable skills. At Emory, we prepare you for more than practice. We prepare you to challenge and change the world.

BS
Class of 1976

Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, they have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world.

Memberships
Member, Atlanta Chapter
Current

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 276 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Inc. has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership. Links members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation. The organization is the recipient of awards from the UN Association of New York and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation for its premier programs. The outstanding programming of The Links, Incorporated has five facets which include National Trends and Services, The Arts, Services to Youth, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. The programs are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns.

Member
Current

The Society, a private non-profit organization, is dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States. Incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1974, it was founded by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, who served as its first honorary chairman. The Society's headquarters is located at Opperman House, 224 East Capitol Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20003. Opperman House has two important resources: The Goldman Library and the Membership Lounge. The Goldman Library has a conference table suitable for small meetings and luncheons. The books housed therein have been collected through the efforts of Professor James B. O'Hara, a Trustee of the Society, and comprise one of the finest collections of judicial biographies, Justices' writings, and histories of the Court. The collection also includes materials relating to Solicitors and Attorneys General and Presidents of the United States. The headquarters also has a Membership Lounge, a meeting space located on the third floor sufficient in size for small receptions and luncheons. The Society accomplishes its mission by conducting educational programs, programs of interest to legal practitioners, scholars and historians and the general public, supporting historical research, publishing books, journals, and electronic materials, and by collecting antiques and artifacts related to the Court's history. These activities and others increase the public's awareness of the Court's contributions to our nation's rich constitutional heritage. At present, the Society has about 4,700 individual members who provide financial support and volunteer for service on its standing and ad hoc committees. These committees report to an elected Board of Trustees; the Executive Committee of the Board is principally responsible for policy decisions. The Chief Justice of the United States is the Honorary Chairman of the Society. The Society employs twelve full-time staff members and operates the Gift Shop located in the Supreme Court at One First Street, N.E. Information about the Gift Shop including hours of operation may be found by clicking on the Gift Shop tab of this web site. The Society provides financial support for the Supreme Court Fellows Program as well as staff support and serves as a fiduciary for the Supreme Court Musicale. The Supreme Court Historical Society supports its programs through contributions from its members, gifts and grants from foundations, corporations, law firms and individuals, and a small endowment gift shop. The Society is recognized as a (501) (c) (3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service.

Member
Current

The National Association of Women Judges’ mission is to: Promote the judicial role of protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law through strong, committed, diverse judicial leadership, fairness and equality in the courts, and equal access to justice. NAWJ is the nation’s leading voice for women jurists dedicated to preserving judicial independence, ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for women, minorities and other historically disfavored groups, providing judicial education on cutting-edge issues, and increasing the numbers and advancement of women judges at all levels to more accurately reflect their full participation in a democratic society.

Career History
Partner
2009 - Prior

Schiff Hardin LLP provides legal services. Its practice areas include antitrust, trade regulation, class action litigation, government contracts, and corporate litigation. The company was founded in 1864 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Practicing Attorney
Prior

Alston & Bird LLP is engaged in the provision of legal advisory services. The firm offers services in the areas of bankruptcy, labor and employment, real estate, and tax. The company was founded in 1893 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Visiting Professor in Family Law
Prior

The University of Georgia School of Law (also referred to as Georgia Law) is a graduate school of the University of Georgia. Founded in 1859 and located in Athens, Georgia.

Boards & Committees
Member, Executive Committee
Tenure Unconfirmed

Smith, Gambrell & Russell is a full service, international law firm that advises regional, national and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The Firm’s nearly 200 attorneys provide legal counsel in practice areas including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, construction and employment law. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Jacksonville, New York, Washington, D.C. and Frankfurt, Germany.

Secretary, Board of Trustees
2010 - Current

Emory University, recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts colleges, graduate and professional schools as well as one of the Southeast's leading health care systems, is located on a beautiful, leafy campus in Atlanta, Georgia's historic Druid Hills suburb. Emory maintains an uncommon balance for an institution of its standing: our scholars and experts generate more than $500 million in research funding annually, while also maintaining a traditional emphasis on teaching. The university is enriched by the legacy and energy of Atlanta, and by collaboration among its schools, centers and partners.

Member, Board of Trustees
Current

The Carter Center, Inc. provides human rights protection services. The firm's services include resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers to increase crop production. The company was founded by James E. Carter, Jr. and Rosalynn Smith Carter in 1982 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Director
Current

Founded in 1987, the Institute for American Values, (hereinafter the Institute) is a private, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to study and strengthen civil society. In 2016, to address the current crisis of American public life, The Institute has embraced a new primary activity and created a new name for that initiative. The name is Better Angels and the activity is the reduction of social polarization the process of society separating into mutually antagonistic groups that increasingly do not trust or understand one another. Polarization is a main reason why U.S. public life is so often dysfunctional; and is an important threat to the vitality of U.S. civil society. Better Angels is a bipartisan network of scholars and leaders whose goals are to bring people together from across the divides to rethink currently polarized issues, show why reducing polarization is an important priority, and study and recommend policy and institutional reforms that will permit progress and comp

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2016

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Political Donations
$200
2014

Senator from the 38th District at Georgia State Senate

$200
2013

Former Justice at Supreme Court of Georgia

$1,000
2013

Former Governor of Georgia

Political Donations Received
Awards & Honors
2009
Spelman College
2009
The John Marshall Law School
2008
Clark Atlanta University
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