Yolonda Sewell has joined the faculty of WMU-Cooley Law School as a visiting professor in the Tampa Bay Academic Resource Center. The appointment was announced by Daniel Matthews, associate dean and law professor at WMU-Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus. Sewell joins WMU-Cooley from Texas A&M University School of Law, where she served since 2015.
Throughout her career, Sewell has been recognized as a dedicated advocate, leader, educator, and practitioner. During her tenure at Texas A&M, Sewell served as assistant director of academic support and bar services, as well as the admissions operations and programming coordinator. She was also a standing member of the diversity council and instrumental in the institution’s diversity and pipeline efforts.
Previously, Sewell served the legal profession in multiple capacities. She founded The Y Firm PLLC, and served as general counsel at K.W. Ministries Inc., both in Fort Worth, Texas. Her practice centered primarily on family law, estate planning and probate, and general business litigation.
In the legal community, Sewell is a member of various committees and associations, including the diversity committee of the Association of Academic Support Educators, the Law Admissions Minority Network Executive Leadership Team, the State Bar of Texas and the Tarrant County Bar Association. Sewell also served as the host chair of the Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals in 2018 where she continues to be a member.
“I am looking forward to teaching at WMU-Cooley Law School,” she said. “I’m eager to bring my academic and legal experiences into the classroom for the benefit of my students and their success.”
Sewell received her Bachelor of Arts degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She obtained her juris doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas, where she became the first African-American member of the Texas Tech Law Review and was subsequently named Alumnus of the Year by the Texas Tech Black Law Students Association.
“We are thrilled to have Yolonda Sewell as part of our visiting faculty at WMU-Cooley,” Matthews said. “Her blended background in the legal profession and higher education sector will enhance the learning experience for our Tampa Bay students.”