Bruce Sewell Delivers Diploma Ceremony Address

D. Bruce Sewell, JD ‘86, delivered the Susan N. and Augustus diZerega Jr. Lecture at the Law School’s Diploma Ceremony on May 18. 

Mr. Sewell is Apple Inc.’s general counsel and senior vice president of legal and government affairs, serving on the company’s executive team and managing all legal matters, including corporate governance, intellectual property, litigation and securities compliance, and government affairs.

A champion for the tradition of public service and the responsibility to give back, he has been recognized by his peers with accolades such as the 2008 ACC/CPBO Pro Bono Award, the 2009 Equal Justice Works’ Scales of Justice Award, and the 2011 George Washington University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. 

At GW, Mr. Sewell and his wife, Cynthia, BA ‘82, MBA ‘87, established an endowed scholarship fund to support qualified JD students studying intellectual property law. The scholarship is named for Mr. Sewell’s father, the late Homer B. Sewell, a GW professor and department chair who was devoted to the university. In addition to supporting GW philanthropically, Mr. Sewell gives generously of his time; he is active in leadership roles and speaks and meets with students at several events each year.