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The Tyrrells
Rosenbloom Award Recipient Chris Tyrrell ’06 and his wife Susanne with their children (from left) Sarah, Sophia, and Lucy.

First-Year Receives Rosenbloom Award for His Dedicated Service to Peers

In 1991, double-degree holder Daniel Rosenbloom (A&S ’51, Law ’54) created the Rosenbloom Award to recognize an academically strong student who at the same time enhanced the academic experience of his or her fellow students.

In many ways the study of law is naturally a self-centered endeavor with students finding their own methods of comprehending the information presented by each course. However, occasionally there are students who turn their attention outward to help fellow students with their academic efforts. In establishing this award, Rosenbloom seeks to reward such students.

The inaugural recipient of the Rosenbloom Award, created 12 years ago, is the Law School’s own Professor Stephen F. Smith, then a member of the Class of 1992. Through the years, the award has typically been given to a graduating student. Recipients are nominated by Law School faculty and students. In the last academic year, Chris Tyrrell was recognized for his selfless service to other students—the first time a first-year was so recognized.

“I am deeply honored by this award, and humbled by my fellow students’ testimonies in support of my nomination. I am certain that I learned as much from them as they claim to have learned from me," said Tyrrell. “One of the greatest things about the study of the law at UVA—what Mr. Rosenbloom has successfully highlighted with this award—is the team mentality among students. Here, more than at the other elite law schools, you really feel the support of your classmates. Whether offering help with a difficult legal concept or babysitting so you can take your wife out on a date, students here really go out of their way to lend a hand, especially in support of students with families.”

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Beverly Harmon works with faculty, students, and Rosenbloom to vet the nominees. “The Rosenbloom Award is highly valued in the Law School community. Each year there are outstanding nominees. Chris’s extraordinary dedication to his peers is precisely the kind of service the Rosenbloom Award seeks to recognize. He is truly deserving.”

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