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Hans Receives Wheeler Mentorship Prize

Honolulu, HAWAII, June 7, 2012
In a ceremony on June 6, the Law and Society Association presented its Wheeler Mentorship Prize to Cornell Law’s Valerie Hans, Professor of Law. Founded in 1964, the Association is a group of scholars from many fields and countries who are interested in the place of law in social, political, economic, and cultural life. Each year it awards the Wheeler prize to a member of the law and society community who is regarded by his or her peers and students as an outstanding mentor for graduate, professional, or undergraduate students who are working on issues of law and society.

“Professor Hans is extremely deserving of the Stanton Wheeler Mentorship award, for she is a dedicated and inspiring mentor and especially gifted at encouraging students and recent graduates to embark on academic careers,” says Steward J. Schwab, the Allan R. Tessler Dean, who notes that Hans was also instrumental is creating Cornell’s joint J.D./Ph.D. program in Developmental Psychology.

In its official prize citation, the Association praises Hans for the “unflagging energy and dedication [she] devotes to mentorship; her especially warm, kind, supportive personal manner; the frequency with which she co-authors papers with students and younger scholars; and her construction of numerous institutional mechanisms that integrate students from multiple disciplines and nations into the community of sociolegal scholars.”

Says Hans, “I’m thrilled to receive the Wheeler Mentorship Prize. I was so touched when my law students Anna Dolidze [J.S.D. ’13] and Toby Goldbach [J.S.D. ’15] told me they had nominated me for this special award. I’m humbled, too. I’ve benefited myself from the generosity of so many outstanding mentors in the law and society community. It’s a wonderful reminder of the collective and collaborative nature of our scholarly enterprise.”

-- Owen Lubozynski