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Cheryl Hanna On VPR: A Collection Of Commentaries


As colleagues, students, family and friends mourn the death of Vermont Law School professor and VPR commentator Cheryl Hanna, we present a collection of the commentaries — both legal and personal — that Hanna contributed to VPR over the years.

Super Case, April 29, 2014: "With all the hype about campaign finance and affirmative action, I fear Vermonters missed a super-juicy case that involves super lawyers, super fruits, and the consumer’s right to know what they’re drinking."

Lost And Found, 2013 VPR Commentator's Brunch: "She finally called me up to the bench, so she could yell at me off the record. She started to sound like the teacher in Charlie Brown – you know – wahh, wahh, wahh, wahh, wahh - and I went down."

Solar Oven Inspiration, June 21, 2013: "It was then I realized just how little these girls knew about the world of work, and what possibilities might exist for them. How about a solar engineer? Or a designer? Or running a utility company."

Equal Pay Ruling, June 18, 2013: "So this is how my very first salary negotiation went: 'We’d like to pay you X amount,' offered my boss. 'That’s too much,' I said. 'I need to make three thousand less than that.'”

Shaping Lives, March 21, 2012: "The real villain that day wasn't the sales clerk, or my father. It was the law - or, more precisely, the lack of laws granting women equal rights."

Worst Mommy Moments, May 5, 2009: "It was summer of my daughter’s first birthday. I plopped her into her high chair and edited an article as she smeared blueberries all over her face."

The Man On The Porch, January 30, 2008: "I was home one afternoon with my two young children when there was a knock at my door. A slightly disheveled and distracted man stood there. I left the screen door locked."

Split Court, August 23, 2007: "I usually get very excited about the start of school … But this year, I find myself, well, a little depressed. Last year, almost a third of the Court's decisions split five to four."

Tee Shirts, February 9, 2006: "Cindy Sheehan was arrested last week during the President's State of the Union address for wearing a T-Shirt that said '2245 Dead. How Many More?'"

Father's Day, June 14, 2005: "Father's Day can be bittersweet for many American families. For some children, their dads are away, serving in the military or serving time in prison."

Changes On The Vermont Supreme Court, June 24, 2004: "It came as a shock to much of the legal community when Chief Justice Jeffrey Amestoy last week announced he was leaving the court to pursue other interests. It was a shock in part because most justices, once appointed to the court, spend the rest of their careers there."

Howard Dean And The Gay Marriage Debate, July 21, 2003: "Truth be told, Howard Dean's popularity has really caught some political pundits by surprise. Just a few months ago, lots of us know-it-all commentators and arm chair analysts claimed that the good doctor hadn't a chance."

The Santa Suit, December 8, 2002: "The call didn't come from the Santa Clause himself, but from Justin, the elf who serves as chief corporate counsel for North Pole operations."

Read more of Hanna's recent commentaries and archived commentaries.

Angela Evancie serves as Vermont Public's Senior VP of Content, and was the Director of Engagement Journalism and the Executive Producer of Brave Little State, the station's people-powered journalism project.
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