SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Former Chief Justice and attorney Leah Sears made a special appearance Friday in Savannah, speaking at the Economic Opportunity Authority luncheon.
Friday's 2015 meeting was held in celebration of the EOA's 50 years of service to our area.
The non-profit organization's mission is to empower low-income citizens to achieve stable and productive lives.
Justice Sears, a Savannah native, is the first woman and the youngest person ever to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court in 1992. In 2009, Justice Sears retired after 27 years of service on the bench.
She is a Beach High School graduate and shares with WTOC some tips for our young community members to keep pushing.
"They need to graduate from high school, get jobs and hopefully get married before they have children. If people follow those simple steps in that order, they'll have a 95 percent chance of not living in poverty," said keynote speaker Justice Sears.
Congressman Buddy Carter, Mayor Edna Jackson, the Board of Public Education and countless others also thanking the Savannah-Chatham EOA for 50 years of service.