The William & Mary Law School Association honored Daymen Robinson, a 2003 graduate of the Law School, with the 10th Reunion Distinguished Alumnus Award on April 6. Law School Dean Davison M. Douglas presented the award during the school's annual reunion dinner held at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg.
Robinson, who began his career as an assistant public defender for the city of Norfolk, Va., currently maintains a private law practice in Norfolk that specializes in criminal defense representation.
In his remarks, Douglas said that the award was created to recognize a "citizen lawyer," an attorney who is known as a servant of his or her community. He shared the thoughts of a law school classmate who nominated Robinson for the award: "[Daymen Robinson practices law] gracefully [and] with an integrity and moral compass that inspires leadership and respect. ... He is not merely an attorney; he is a passionate advocate for equality and justice. Daymen uses his legal education, training, and God-given talents to improve the lives of those he represents in addition to those in the community he serves."
Robinson, a Norfolk native, graduated from Granby High School and received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, in political science from Norfolk State University. At his graduation from William & Mary Law School in 2003, he was honored with the Thurgood Marshall Award, which is given to a member of the graduating class who exhibits the ideals of distinguished public service exemplified by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993). Robinson served on the Class of 2003 Reunion Committee, is a trustee of the Norfolk Public Library Board, and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and the South Hampton Roads Bar Association.