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Norfolk’s Eaton honored with award at W&M law graduation

Norfolk attorney Jennifer L. Eaton received the Taylor Reveley Award from the William & Mary law school at this year’s graduation ceremony, held May 23.

The award is given to a William & Mary law alum who has graduated in the past 10 years, and who personifies the citizen-lawyer tradition of professional achievement, service, personal integrity and community leadership.

Eaton, an attorney with the firm of Vandeventer Black, in her acceptance speech said, “Being a Citizen-Lawyer is not necessarily about grandiose gestures or prestigious achievements. It is simply a day-in and day-out lifestyle of service. It is about changing the world one small act at a time. It is about focusing on your strengths, in spite of your weaknesses, to serve others.”

Eaton is a trial attorney who represents clients primarily in the maritime and transportation industries in state and federal courts across the commonwealth.

She also is a dog fancier who recently became a member of the board of directors for the Chesapeake Humane Society, which works to promote the welfare of companion animals through programs and initiatives that reduce pet overpopulation, increase adoptions and encourage responsible pet guardianship through affordable pet care.