In her upcoming book, Professor Rebecca Davis explores the life of Justice Leah Ward Sears, the first African-American female Chief Justice in the United States and the first woman and youngest person to sit on Georgia’s Supreme Court. The book is set to be released on September 15th with a range of signings and conversations scheduled with the author (see below for dates).
Sept. 1-3 – Justice Leah Ward Sears: Seizing Serendipity debuts at the AJC Decatur Book Festival (Atlanta, GA).
Nov. 2 – Book signing sponsored by Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (at Smith, Gambrell & Russell – Atlanta Office).
Nov. 10 – Conversation with the author & subject and book signing sponsored by the University of Georgia School of Law (Spotlight on the Arts Festival; University of Georgia).
Nov. 28 – Fireside chat with the author & subject and book signing sponsored by Emory University School of Law and Troutman Sanders, LLP (at Troutman Sanders – Atlanta office).
Jan. 17, 2018 – Conversation with the author & subject and book signing sponsored by the Lawyers Club of Atlanta (at Capital City Club, Atlanta).
Dr. Chad Posick was the 2017-2018 recipient of the Focus on Excellence Award for Research/Creative Scholarly Activity.
Dr. Jonathan Grubb recently was elected president of Savannah Working Against Human Trafficking (SWAHT). SWAHT is a nonprofit organization whose central mission is identifying and eradicating human trafficking in the local area. The organization works with the community as well as criminal justice professionals and service providers to promote education and awareness about human trafficking. SWAHT has also worked to promote Savannah Traffick Jam, a local human trafficking conference with presentations by professionals and academics.
Dr. Adam M. Bossler attended a workshop held by the International Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Cybercrime (IIRCC) at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain from June 15th – 16th, 2017. He gave a presentation entitled, “Oh No!: Not Another RAT-Cybercrime Manuscript” that examined the current state of empirical research connecting routine activity theory with cybercrime victimization and discussed both methodological and theoretical innovations to move the field forward. He also discussed with other members of the IIRCC steering committee small and large steps the organization needs to take over the next year to increase the organization’s impact.
On July 11, 2017, Georgia Public Broadcasting’s daily news talk show On Second Thought aired a twenty-minute interview with Justice Leah Ward Sears about her life and upcoming biography, Justice Leah Ward Sears: Seizing Serendipity, authored by Prof. Rebecca Davis. The Fulton County Daily Report also reported on Justice Sear’s biography. 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. The book can be purchased on Amazon and UGA Press.