UF Law Student Selected for Florida Bar Scholarship by Haas Awardee Carl Schwait
UF Law Adjunct Professor Carl Schwait’s extraordinary service to the legal profession has been recognized by The Florida Bar, bestowing upon him the G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award.
Each year, a member of The Florida Bar is recognized for meritorious service at the annual Florida Bar convention. The Haas honoree then selects a Florida law school, who awards a scholarship to a second-year law student demonstrating incredible integrity, concern for others, and professionalism. Schwait has selected 2L DJ Sewell to receive the award.
“When I was granted the award, I was amazed, ecstatic, and surprised that Mr. Schwait saw the potential in me and the ethical expectations that I have for myself,” Sewell said.
Sewell said both he and Schwait come from modest beginnings. “Mr. Schwait had to work his way up. He used his skills as a litigator to make something for his family and himself and I really connected with him,” Sewell said.
Schwait, a mediator with Upchurch Watson White & Max, retired from active litigation and recently stepped down after 12 years on The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors. He has been appointed to The Florida Bar’s Special Committee on Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers.
Sewell is chair of the 2018 Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium, which will welcome national experts to UF Law on Feb. 23. After graduation, Sewell plans to pursue a management position in the sports industry overseeing team operations and administrative tasks. He also plans to use his passion for sports to give back to the community.
“I want to show the community you don’t have to be a five-star athlete to show your passion in the field,” Sewell said.
UF Law and The Florida Bar will celebrate the honorees at an event on April 10 on UF Law’s campus. Details of the event are forthcoming.