Edison High Grad Cliff Selwood, Jr. Triumphed with Bandleading, WWII Veteran And Law
THOSE OF US WHO KNEW CLIFF SELWOOD AT EDISON HIGH, DANCED TO HIS TUNE.
His first coup was maxing a saxophone plus clarinet and leading music from the Big Band Era. His parents, Clifford B. and Irene Selwood brought Cliff Jr.. to Miami and he passed his musical talents on to his and Mary's sons, Clifford III and Jason.
Bacardi Rum sponsored his band but his future wife thought he should be a legal eagle.
Before then, he led a platoon fighting in the 99th Infantry Division "Battle Babies" under General Patton's army during the Battle of the Bulge, pushing back Germany's final attack. He assisted in the occupation of Germany during the Nuremberg war trials.
Conn. Sen. Tom Dodd told me his hair turned white overnight when he presided at Nuremberg war trials.
Upon returning home, Cliff went to UM on the GI Bill, graduating magna cum laude, becoming editor-in-chief of the Miami Law Review. After working initially in the City of Miami Attorney's office, he joined Carey, Terry, Dwyer, Austin & Cole, eventually expanding to South Florida coverage with Carey, Dwyer, Cole, Selwood & Bernard.