Judge Leah Sears pleased to have been considered by Obama

By Maria Saporta

Leah Ward Sears, former chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, had nothing but good things to say about Elena Kagan, the U.S. solicitor general.

Kagan is President Barack Obama’s choice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, his second appointment in the past year.

Once again, Sears was one of the candidates being considered for the post.

“I think anybody on the list would have done a good job,” Sears said of all the people Obama had been considering for one of the most prestigious appointments he will make as president. “She’s going to bring a breath of fresh air to the court.”

Sears said that she was in the country of Oman when she got an email from her mother saying that Obama had added her name to the short list of people under consideration.

“That was quite an honor to be put on the list for a second time,” Sears said. “That was quite a compliment.”

Sears was attending Tuesday afternoon’s 90th anniversary celebration of the League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County at the offices of King & Spalding.

Sears, who said she does not know Kagan, said she has been a long time admirer of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced that he would be leaving the court last month.

When asked about President Obama’s appointees to the Supreme Court, Sears said: “I’m pleased to see it becoming more diverse.”

Because Obama is still so early in his presidency, it’s possible Kagan won’t be the last person he’ll get to name to the Supreme Court.

If another position opens up, Sears said she believes the Supreme Court would become even more diverse.

Maybe the third time will be the charm.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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