Monday Profile: Carol Sewell

 By Jo Mathis

Legal News
Currently reading …  The biographies of the female United States Supreme Court justices. Next up is Elena Kagan’s recently released biography.
What is your most treasured material possession?  The photographs I have taken during all of my travels.  I don’t tend to buy souvenirs very often but I love to document my trips through my camera lens.
What advice do you have for someone considering law school?
When people ask, I always say that I loved law school. But I tell them to go to law school because you want to go to law school, not because a law degree is a “good thing to have.”  It’s a big commitment, both in terms of cost and time.  If it’s the right fit for you, be open to classes that might not be in your chosen  area and don’t just take classes that are bar exam topics.  
Carol Sewell, a senior vice president in the Wealth Management Group of United Bank & Trust in Ann Arbor, formerly practiced law in the estate planning, nonprofit and charitable planning practice areas.  The Wayne State University Law School graduate is chair of the Michigan Bankers Association Trust Executive Committee, and serves as a member of the Michigan Bankers Association Trust Counsel Committee and the Washtenaw County Bar Probate and Estate Planning Section. Sewell enjoys volunteer work, travel and house renovation.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be?  If I had the talent, I would like to be a writer and photographer.  My dream job would be working for National Geographic magazine, traveling the world, meeting new people and sharing my journeys with others through stories and photographs.
What’s the most awe-inspiring place you have visited?  Rwanda, Africa.  I spent time there in the fall of 2011 and it was the most transformative trip I’ve ever taken.  I was fortunate to volunteer at an orphanage of high school students who were easily the hardest working, grateful, and kindest souls I’ve met.  I still stay in contact with many of them and am proud to watch them grow into successful adults.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?  I would like to have the ability to transport myself from one place to another instantly. I drive a great deal for my job and while it isn’t awful, it would be nice to eliminate the commute every once in a while!
What word do you overuse?  My significant other tells me I say “actually” all of the time.  Actually, Chad may be right about that!
If you could have dinner with four people, living or dead, who would they be?  Hillary Clinton, Eleanor Roosevelt and my parents.
Favorite CD:  Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Sister Sweetly. They may not be widely known but I love their music! 
What is your motto?  “Love and laughter always.”  Said by and learned from my late parents.  


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