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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

Awards and Affiliations


  • Phenomenal Faculty Woman of the Year Award, Vermont Law School Women’s Law Group, presented to a woman on the faculty who improves the lives of other women through teaching, service, and scholarship, 2005 and 2008.
  • Honorary Schweitzer Fellowship, for demonstrated commitment to the Albert Schweitzer program, 2006.
  • Fellow, Snelling Center for Government, Vermont Leadership Institute, Class of 2002. A ten- month professional development program that brings together leaders from throughout the state to explore leadership and policy issues.
  • Vermont Law School Student Bar Association Service Award, presented in recognition of a commitment and dedication to the student body, 1999 and 2007.
  • Margaret R. Williams Emerging Professional Award, presented by the Vermont Women in Higher Education to a woman in higher education in the early stages of her career who demonstrates excellence in her professional contributions and shows promise and potential for future contributions, 1998.
  • Irving R. Kaufman Fellowship, presented by Harvard Law School, awarded to young lawyers who show exceptional promise in public interest law, 1993.


Teaching at VLS:

Professor at Vermont Law School since 1994.

Leadership and Service:

Current Service:
  • Legal Analyst, WCAX-3 News.
  • Member, Council for the Future of Vermont.
  • Board Member, Snelling Center for Government.
  • Board Member, Girl Scout Council of Vermont.
  • Honorary Associate, Vermont Center for Research on Vermont, University of Vermont.
  • Board Member, Dhatri Health Services for Women.
Past Service:
  • Board Member, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.
  • Member, Statewide Planning Committee, Vermont Women in Higher Education.
  • Advisor, Albert Schweitzer Foundation Fellowships.
  • Member, Vermont Gender Bias Study Implementation Task Force.
  • Chair, Vermont Equal Access and Fairness in the Courts Committee, subcommittee on Family and Pro Bono Activities.
  • Chair, Association of American Law Schools, Section on Law and Social Science.


  • Visiting Professor of Law, Hastings College of Law, 2000 – 2001.
  • Assistant State’s Attorney, Baltimore City, 1993 – 1994.
  • Staff, Clinton/Gore Democratic Presidential Campaign, Maryland, 1992.