Robert Jackson Sewell (Birmingham, Alabama)

Robert Jackson Sewell
Lightfoot, Franklin & White, L.L.C.

400 20th Street North, Birmingham, Alabama, 35203-3200

Phone: 205-581-0731
Fax: 205-380-9125

University: in 2006 with a B.A. in Criminology and Public Administration. Following graduation, Jay began working with the Auburn Police Division in Auburn, Alabama, and he graduated at the top of his class at the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy. With APD, Jay began as a Patrolman and was then promoted to Detective in 2008. While working with the police division, Jay handled a variety of cases, ranging from personal crimes to theft to computer crimes. Several of his cases were high-profile, sometimes garnering national attention. Jay also participated in joint investigations with federal agencies such as the FBI, DEA, U.S. Secret Service, and U.S. Postal Inspectors. He also served as an evidence custodian, maintaining evidence required for trial and forensic analysis. As a result of his time as a law enforcement officer, Jay has a great deal of experience testifying and presenting cases in court. While working as a police officer, Jay developed his interest in lawyering and litigation, and he pursued his next adventure of law school.Jay graduated first in his class from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in May 2015. During his time at Cumberland, Jay served as a Junior Editor and then eventually Executive Editor of the Cumberland Law Review. Jay was also active in Cumberland’s moot court program. Jay was a member of the Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Executive Board, serving as an Associate Justice and then eventually the Chief Justice. Jay was also a member of Cumberland’s National Moot Court team, travelling to Seattle and Boston to compete in the ABA’s prestigious National Appellate Advocacy Competition his second and third years of law school. Jay also extensively studied trial litigation, taking advanced classes in trial advocacy and evidence. Following his second year of law school, Jay was admitted to practice as a student, and he has tried cases in district and circuit courts. Additionally, Jay received several Scholar of Merit awards for academic excellence in multiple classes, along with the M. Alan Stephens Award and the Daniel Austin Brewer Professionalism Award.Outside of work, Jay enjoys spending time with his wife, Jessica, and their two dogs Toby and Bentley. Jay is also an avid fan of the Auburn Tigers, and he is a lifelong follower of his hometown Atlanta Braves. In college, Jay was a member of Auburn Water Ski Team, and he still tries to get out to the lake when he can.Presentations & Publications•Note, Criminal Procedure-Self-Incrimination-Persons Subjected to Noncustodial Interrogation Must Say They Want to Remain Silent to Invoke Fifth Amendment Protection. Salinas v. Texas, 133 S. Ct. 2174 (2013), 44 Cumberland Law Review 543 (2013-2014). •Recent Decision, Youthful Offender Convictions, Sentencing, & Identification Procedures, 44 Cumberland Law Review 588 (2013-2014) (discussing United States v. Elliot, 732 F.3d 1307 (11th Cir. 2013)). •Comment, Should I Stay or Should I Go? A Guide to Change of Venue in Alabama Criminal Courts, 45 Cumberland Law Review 141 (2014-2015).

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