Dr. Sears has a rich career history of advocacy for persons with disabilities and special needs. Following earning his doctorate degree from the University of Florida with a major in Special Education and Intellectual Disability, he was a professor at the University of Alabama and Director of West Alabama Comprehensive Services (a university sponsored program for adults with severe disabilities). After graduation from the University of Alabama Law School, he has concentrated on Special Education Law (representing children with disabilities) and Criminal Defense Law (representing defendants with a diagnosis of mental retardation and/or mental illness). Dr. Sears is a frequent lecturer to numerous advocacy groups and has held leadership roles in drafting and implementing rules, regulations and policies concerning the rights of the disabled. He maintains law offices in Daphne and Birmingham, Alabama.