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Cheryl Hanna

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Vice President for External Relations and Professor of Law

JD, Harvard University, 1992;
BA, Kalamazoo College, 1988

Phone: 802-831-1282


Professor Cheryl Hanna is an expert on constitutional law, the U.S. Supreme Court, and women and the law. She received her BA degree in sociology and anthropology, magna cum laude, from Kalamazoo College and her JD degree, cum laude, from Harvard University. Upon graduation, she served on the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign and then as an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore before joining the Vermont Law School faculty in 1994. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of California-Hastings College of the Law and at Seattle University School of Law.

Professor Hanna's scholarship focuses on the social status of women and girls in the United States. She is the co-author of "Domestic Violence and the Law: Theory and Practice" (Foundation Press), the leading casebook on violence against women. Her extensive scholarship has been published by the nation's leading law journals, including the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Michigan Journal of Gender and the Law. Her work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court as well as by The New York Times, Boston Globe, Newsweek, Glamour Magazine, CSB News, and Fox News. She is a frequent commentator for the media, including Vermont Public Radio, WCAX-TV 3 News, and Seven Days. She is also active in legal practice as a consultant on constitutional cases and in representing public interest organizations through the filing of amicus briefs in cases before state and federal courts. She is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.

Among her accomplishments, Professor Hanna received the Irving R. Kaufman Fellowship in 1993 for young lawyers who hold significant promise in public interest lawyering. In 1998, she received the Vermont Women in Higher Education's Margaret R. Williams Emerging Professional Award and the Vermont Law School Student Bar Association Faculty Award the following year; she again received that award in 2006. In 2001-2002, she was a fellow at the Snelling Center for Government with the Vermont Leadership Institute. In 2004, she received the first Phenomenal Woman Award given by the Vermont Women's Law Group; she also received that award in 2007, 2009 and 2010. She received an honorary Schweitzer Fellowship for her work with the Schweitzer Fellowship Program. In recognition of her contributions to the state, she was chosen as an associate member of the Center for Research on Vermont at the University of Vermont.

Professor Hanna has served on the Council for the Future of Vermont and the Girl Scout Council of Vermont, where she is active in both the local and national organizations. She is the vice-chairperson of the board for the Snelling Center for Government. She has chaired the Association of American Law Schools' Section of Law and the Social Sciences, served as an advisor to the Vermont Judicial College, and as a member of the Vermont Gender Bias Study Implementation Task Force. She has also served on the board of trustees of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. She frequently trains leaders in Vermont and elsewhere on ethical decision-making and is an advisor to the Vermont Legislature.