Helping others achieve academic success is nothing new to the latest Rosenbloom Award recipient.

A former teacher, University of Virginia School of Law student Andrew Manns '17 is being honored for helping his peers with their academic work.

Given annually, the Rosenbloom Award was established by Daniel Rosenbloom '54 to honor a student with a strong academic record who has significantly enhanced the academic experience of other law students by volunteering support and assistance to them.

"I think it's very natural for me to take on a role trying to mentor people and try to help them understand things," Manns said. "I enjoy that, and I get a lot out of it; I find it rewarding."

Before coming to law school, Manns taught with Teach For America in Brooklyn, New York, for two years as a special education teacher, and in Austin, Texas, for a year helping the school with special education, and as a reading and writing teacher.

"Andrew Manns is a wonderful choice to be the recipient of the Rosenbloom Award," said Sarah Davies, assistant dean for student affairs. "He has worked hard in law school but he has taken the time to develop relationships with his peers and he is always finding ways to help them. Andrew freely gives of himself, and has enhanced our law school community through his kindness, thoughtfulness and helpfulness."

A native of Leicester, Vermont, Manns holds a degree in government from Dartmouth. While at the Law School he has served on the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, was an articles editor for the Virginia Law Review and has worked as a research assistant for Professor Rachel Harmon.

"I was very surprised and honored to receive the award," Manns said. "It was nice to hear all the nice things that were said about me. It was a very pleasant surprise."

After graduation, Manns will clerk for Judge T.S. Ellis III in the Eastern District of Virginia and then for Judge William Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit.

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.