Vermont Law School Students Participate in Cheryl Hanna Legal Rights of Women Internship at VT Commission on Women

MONTPELIER, Vt., May 28, 2015––The Vermont Commission on Women will welcome two Vermont Law School students as interns to assist with updating its handbook, “The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont,” during a summer internship program in the late Professor Cheryl Hanna’s memory.

As part of the internship, VLS students Maeve Callaghan ’16 and Arden Florian ’16 will write, research state and federal statutes, and work with experts in the field to update the handbook with recently passed laws.

Hanna, who passed away in July 2014, worked with VLS students to update the publication in 2011. The Commission on Women named the internship after her in tribute.

“Cheryl was a role model to many on the VLS campus and beyond, and we are pleased to see her legacy continue in the work of our mission-driven students,” said Marc Mihaly, president and dean of Vermont Law School. “‘The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont’ is an important resource for Vermonters seeking information on a variety of issues affecting women and their families. I am proud of Maeve and Arden for contributing to the publication, thereby making the legal system more accessible to our Vermont neighbors.”

“Cheryl was one of the most powerful, determined, and absolutely clear voices for women’s equality in all of Vermont,” said Cary Brown, Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women.  “Her ability to use the law as a force to uphold and advance women’s rights will be honored and continued by the VLS students who carry on this work with the Commission on Women.”

Since 1977, “The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont” has been a source of information for Vermont women, their families, and professionals who serve them. Written in plain and simple language, the handbook, although developed for women, covers issues affecting all Vermonters, such as marriage and divorce, adoption, wills and probate, health, employment and education, housing and public accommodations, violence, public assistance and government benefits, insurance, as well as many others. For more information about the handbook, visit  


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The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state commission advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls since 1964. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women’s issues guide the VCWs public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts. VCW offers many services to the public, including a toll-free information and referral service at 800-881-1561 and many publications, including the handbook The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont.   For more information please visit, on Facebook, or Twitter.