Published on September 9, 2015 at 8:09 a.m.  
brewer award recipient Jay Sewell Dean Strickland 2015

Henry C. “Corky” Strickland III, Dean and Ethel P. Malugen Professor of Law, presented the annual Daniel Austin Brewer Professionalism Award to senior Robert J. “Jay” Sewell of Auburn, Alabama at the Cumberland School of Law commencement on May 15, 2015.  The Daniel Austin Brewer Professionalism Award was endowed by Governor Albert Brewer, Distinguished Professor of Law and Government and Professor Emeritus, in honor of his father.  Each year, the award is granted to a third-year law student at Cumberland who best exemplifies the high standards of ethics and professionalism expected of members of the legal profession.

During his time at Cumberland, Sewell served as Chief Justice of the Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board, Executive Editor of the Cumberland Law Review and Associate Justice of the Henry Upson Sims Moor Court Board Shores Competition.  He also received the M. Alan Stephens Award.  Following graduation, Sewell will work in the Criminal Trials Division of the Alabama Attorney General's Office in Montgomery, Alabama.  Sewell’s wife, Jessica, also graduated from Samford on May 15, 2015 with her Masters in Nurse Anesthesia from Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, and will work for Baptist Health Systems as a nurse anesthetist. 

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.