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BYU Women's Research Institute research award honors law professor

Cheryl B. Preston, the Edwin M. Thomas Professor of Law at Brigham Young University, was recently named the winner of the 2007 Distinguished Research Award by the BYU Women’s Research Institute.

The award is given annually to a researcher who has contributed significantly to the scholarly study of women in the hope of encouraging female-focused research by faculty across the academic community. Along with the recognition, a monetary sum is given to support the winner’s research efforts.

After graduating magna cum laude from the BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1979, Preston went on to clerk for the Hon. Monroe G. McKay of the Federal Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. She then worked as an associate for O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles and Holme, Roberts & Owen in Salt Lake City. Preston also worked as vice president and senior counsel for First Interstate Bank of Utah for two years.

In her classes at BYU, Preston teaches contracts, business associations, commercial law, Internet regulation and gender and law. Her publications primarily address how the media’s image of women relates to violence against women, as well as the lack of professional opportunities for women. “Fashioning Women in Law,” Preston’s recently released DVD discussing female stereotypes in the law profession, won the Chris Award at the Columbus International Film Festival.

For more information, contact the Women’s Research Institute at (801) 422-4609.

Writer: Elizabeth Kasper

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