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VLS campus mourns death of Cheryl Hanna

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BURLINGTON, Vt. - It's a sad day for family, friends and colleagues of Cheryl Hanna. The law school professor and legal expert was part of our extended family here at Channel 3. She died suddenly at the age of 48 at her Burlington home Sunday.  Details were not released.
   
Hanna was a professor at Vermont Law School. And an expert in constitutional law, the U.S. Supreme Court and legal issues for women. Channel 3 News viewers know her from many appearances on the news -- helping to make complex rulings easy to understand. 

She took legal jargon and translated it into plain language, always taking care to talk about what a court decision meant and why it mattered to viewers at home. And joined us for a monthly segment on "The :30" called Above the Law. Hanna was also a noted author.

The Vermont Law School said in a statement, "Professor Hanna was a beloved teacher and role model to many within and beyond the Vermont Law School community. It is with heartache that we share this loss. She will be deeply missed by our faculty, staff, students, and alumni."

Grief counselors are being made available at the school and a memorial is being planned.  The news launched an outpouring from colleagues and students on social media.
One message read: To the woman who was my role model the past two years. Cheryl Hanna you inspired me to be strong, passionate and never doubt myself even when the odds seemed stacked against me.

Another wrote: You lived a giant life, Cheryl Hanna, and with broken hearts we will forever miss you.

A family spokeswoman tells WCAX News the greatest tragedy in all of this is she leaves two children. Our thoughts are with them and her husband, Paul.





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