John and Judy Sears were both born in Washington DC and have been together since their days as high school sweethearts. They graduated from the University of Maryland in 1972, the year they were married, and John started law school at George Washington University. While Judy worked as a professional calligrapher, John had the luxury of being a full-time student. He graduated with honors in 1975, and they took jobs as VISTA (the domestic Peace Corps) volunteers with Rhode Island Legal Services in Providence, John as an attorney and Judy as a paralegal. For the next three years, they represented poor people in cases ranging from divorces to welfare rights and everything in between, and gained tremendous legal and personal experience at the same time.
Falling in love with the Southwest after a family rafting trip through the Grand Canyon, John and Judy moved to Prescott, Arizona in 1978 to continue their public interest work with Community Legal Services. In 1981, John left to go into private practice in Prescott, and Judy remained with CLS until 1987, running the program herself with no staff attorneys. John has maintained his practice for more than 30 years, with Judy rejoining him in 1992.
John and Judy live at the edge of the Granite Mountain Wilderness outside Prescott with their personal “Animal Planet” of horses, dogs, and cats. Judy has had a long and successful career as a world-class age group triathlete, winning national championships and competing in the fabled Ironman in Hawaii and other races all over the world. John has tried with little success to keep up with her, and enjoys the outdoors, horses, and of course his beloved Redskins and Nationals.