Dean Davison M. Douglas presented the awards during the Law School’s Diploma Ceremony on May 12 at Kaplan Arena.
Citizen-Lawyer Award: Robin C. Dusek ’98
The Association confers the Citizen-Lawyer Award, its highest recognition, to a graduate or friend of the Law School who has made a lifetime commitment to citizenship and leadership.
Robin C. Dusek ’98 is a Partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in Chicago, Ill. She is a successful business attorney whose name has appeared on Chicago Magazine’s list of “Top Women Attorneys” and on Illinois Super Lawyers’ list of “Rising Stars.” In addition to her practice, she is Founder and Executive Director of Educating Africa’s Children. This nonprofit organization has established a school in western Uganda, which educates close to 1,000 students and has plans to establish additional schools. Dean Douglas quoted what Dusek has said she has learned through this work: “Education gives hope and transforms lives.”
Taylor Reveley Award: Jennifer L. Eaton ’14
The Association confers the Taylor Reveley Award in recognition of outstanding commitment to public service by an alumnus or alumna of the Law School who has graduated within the previous 10 years.
Jennifer L. Eaton ’14 is an Associate in the Litigation Practice Group at Vandeventer Black LLP in Norfolk, Va. Dean Douglas told the audience about some of her many contributions as a lawyer and member of her community. He noted that she has served on the Executive Board of the James Kent American Inn of Court and on a number of Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association committees. She coaches Special Olympics athletes and serves on the local Special Olympics board. She also is actively involved with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and has led her firm’s efforts in the state-wide Legal Food Frenzy.
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