Law School Alumnus Receives Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

D. Bruce Sewell (J.D. ’86), senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Apple, Inc., has been awarded the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award by The George Washington University. The Alumni Achievement Award is the highest form of recognition given by the University and by the Alumni Association annually. Recipients are recognized based on their professional and voluntary work and their philanthropic accomplishments.

"The Alumni Achievement Awards is a wonderful tradition that provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the impact that GW graduates have on our country and the world," said GWAA President Jim Core, M.A. '96. "It is impressive to hear all the stories from these accomplished alumni about how GW played a role in building the foundation of their future success."

Sewell is a champion for the tradition of public service and the responsibility to give back. He has said “[the] nugget that is at the heart of our democracy is the notion that the rule of law has to really mean something…it can only have viability if it is accessible to everyone in a society as a matter of right, not as a matter of privilege.” He will be honored with the award at a dinner on September 15 during Alumni Weekend 2011.

Sewell and his wife Cynthia, B.A. ’82, M.B.A. ’87, established an endowed scholarship fund to support qualified J.D. students studying intellectual property law. Named for Sewell’s father, the late Homer B. Sewell, a former GW professor and department chair devoted to the University, the endowed fund will be complemented by an annual Current-use Scholarship for each of the three years of the Sewell’s pledged endowment investment.

As senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary at Apple, Sewell oversees all legal matters, including corporate governance, intellectual property, litigation and securities compliance, and government affairs. Before joining Apple in 2009, Sewell served as senior vice president and general counsel at Intel Corporation, where he managed Intel Corporation’s legal, corporate affairs, and corporate social responsibility programs. This included managing attorneys and policy professionals in 30 countries. Prior to working with Intel, Sewell was a partner in the litigation firm of Brown & Bain, P.C. He is admitted to the California and Washington, DC, bars and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


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