2010 Public Interest Grant Recipient
Ms. Rustia will graduate from Loyola Law School where she is president of the Women’s Law Association. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Rustia was a journalist at CNN where she was part of the Peabody award-winning team for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Since entering law school, Ms. Rustia interned in the legal department at Fox, Reveille, and the Intellectual Property firm, Doniger Burroughs. As President of the WLA, Ms. Rustia worked toward her goal of facilitating mentorship among women in the legal profession by instituting a mentorship program for first-year students. Ms. Rustia also organized a mock interview program for inner-city middle school students to prepare them for scholarship interviews at exclusive college-preparatory high schools in Los Angeles. Each student successfully obtained full or partial scholarship toward a better high school education. Additionally, Ms. Rustia spearheaded a 36 member, Race for the Cure team, raising over $3,500 for mammograms for underprivileged women. A firm believer in the mantra that celebrating the success of one woman inspires many, Ms. Rustia organized a Minority Women in the Law Panel. For her passion and commitment to mentorship among women in education and the legal profession, WLALA is honored to name Ms. Rustia as a 2010 Scholarship recipient.