Career & Alumni Services Director Recognized for Community Service
Regent University's Law Career & Alumni Services director, Darius
Davenport, recently received the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association's
(NPBA) Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award for his leadership
encouraging the legal community's positive impact on Hampton Roads. NPBA
president Gary Bryant, the head of the litigation practice at Wilcox
& Savage in Norfolk, Va., presented the award to Davenport.
"We are incredibly proud of Darius and the work he has done
benefiting the local community," said Jeffrey Brauch, dean of Regent
Law. "Regent Law's Community Service Day has been a tremendous success.
Non-profit organizations across Hampton Roads have benefited from these
volunteer services, and, as a group, volunteers have performed close to
2,000 hours of community service since the beginning of the program."
The Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award recognizes outstanding
hands-on service to the community by a member of the Bar Association who
is under 40 years of age. The award, named for the late jurist who
served as a role model and mentor for lawyers in the Hampton Roads
community, is distributed to only two recipients a year.
"I appreciate the honor," said Davenport. "And now, this award allows us
to take the community service we do in the law school and give it a
In 2009, Davenport inaugurated Regent Law's annual Community Service
Day, a joint volunteer effort of Regent Law students, faculty, staff,
and members of the local bar association, providing non-legal services
to non-profit organizations across Hampton Roads.
"One of the reasons the Community Service Day is important to Regent is
because it's a powerful outreach tool for the law school," said
Davenport. "I think lawyers have a certain perception in the local
community, and this outreach allows everyone to see us as the servants
that lawyers truly are."
The annual event coincides with incoming Regent Law students'
orientation activities. Last August, 154 volunteers completed more than
600 hours of community service in one day at locations including Union
Mission, Virginia Beach Habitat for Humanity, Food Bank of Southeastern
Virginia, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and St. Mary's Home for Disabled
Children. Previous years' service days have included the Norfolk Law
Library, Botanical Gardens, and Red Wing Park in Virginia Beach.
"As attorneys we have a special gift where we can take a client's
concerns into the courts," said Davenport. "But, just because we have
that special gift doesn't mean we can't get dirty, too."
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Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
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