Two Law Students Receive 2016 Rosenbloom Award

Following graduation, Greg Rustico will clerk for Judge Norman K. Moon of the Western District of Virginia and plans to serve as a Judge Advocate General officer in the U.S. Navy. Ria Caldwell will become an associate in the international tax group at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C.

April 22, 2016

University of Virginia School of Law students Ria Caldwell and Greg Rustico received the 2016 Rosenbloom Award for academic service this month.

The award recognizes academically strong third-year students who have significantly enhanced the academic experience of their peers by unselfishly volunteering support and assistance to them.

“Both students were lauded for their dedication to helping others, which is a keystone for Mr. Rosenbloom’s award,” said Sarah Davies, the assistant dean for student affairs. “The award is supposed to go to someone who unselfishly assists others with whom he or she would otherwise be considered to be in competition.”

Before attending UVA Law, Caldwell, a native of Seattle, Washington, received her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington. She is a member of the Virginia Law Review.

“One thing that I think we tend to get wrong in the world are so-called ‘rites of passage,’” Caldwell said. “I think that’s the wrong attitude. If we can make things easier and better for others, we should. It is such an honor to be recognized by my peers and by Mr. Rosenbloom. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to make a positive impact on the law school community.”

Rustico, a native of Middletown, New York, attended the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics, as well as his master’s degree in education. During his time at UVA Law, Rustico served as vice president for fellowship of the Law Christian Fellowship, executive editor of the Virginia Law Review, vice president of Street Law, alumni coordinator for the Program in Law and Public Service, vice president for events of the St. Thomas More Society, and a resident advisor for UVA Housing.

“Receiving this award is an incredible honor, and it is truly humbling to be recognized by my peers in this way,” Rustico said. “I have loved my time at UVA Law and this award is a reminder of what makes UVA Law so special. I am proud to have contributed to this community over the past three years.”

Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.

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