Blog Entry 100

Posted by Meagan Hanna
Meagan Hanna
Meagan is a May 2012 graduate of UDM Law. She was admitted to the Michigan Bar i
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November 20th, 2010
Today is Saturday, aka Day 2 of my four day weekend. My weekend ends with class on Tuesday, and then I don’t have class again until the following Tuesday. It’s a shame I have that silly thing called homework… 

This week seemed to just drag on. On Tuesday, my usual break in my day was taken up by a law review meeting, where we got tips on how to effectively write an introduction to our note. (We also found out that this note will be approximately 30 pages in order to fulfill our upper level writing requirement, and that the first full draft will be due near the end of January! Eek!)  

Wednesday was a work day, mostly just reading (and laundry). 

Thursday was another long day. During my break, I went to see Judge Halloran speak about domestic violence, and a new initiative being undertaken by the Wayne County Family Division. Apparently they are working to create a domestic violence prevention court, which would take a more proactive, as opposed to reactive, approach to domestic violence. It was really interesting to hear him speak, and it sounds like he will have some great internships available within this initiative in the coming semesters.  

After the speaker, I also had my final Criminal Procedure class of the semester. It’s exciting to see my classes start to wrap up, nerve wracking because it means final exams are quickly approaching, and a bit disappointing in the case of CrimPro because I’ve enjoyed that class a lot. (It’s basically a class in civil liberties, and how the Constitution plays into the rights of the accused. We started with Fourth Amendment search and seizure, moved onto Fifth Amendment confessions, Sixth Amendment jury trial, and then finished the semester with a look at prosecutorial discretion and a quick look at double jeopardy.) 

I finished up the day with talking to some of the 1Ls from the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity about effective outlining and preparing for final exams. Yes, doing so got me a bit nervous about my own exams… 

Yesterday involved a bit of outlining, today will involve a lot more outlining and a couple hours of work at Bath and Body Works, tomorrow I’m planning to do some writing, and Monday will probably be another writing day. I’m thinking an essential on my “to do” list will be developing reasonable goals for each day. It’s one thing to say “I’m going to outline today” and quite another to say “I’m going to get through the Fourth Amendment in my outlining today.” Maybe that’s what I’ll do now…

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Meagan Hanna

Meagan is a May 2012 graduate of UDM Law. She was admitted to the Michigan Bar in November, and she recently joined the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

During law school, Meagan was active around the School of Law as the Law Review's Executive Editor of Outside Articles and the Vice-President of the St. Thomas More Society. She participated in the Criminal Trial Clinic, and took advantage of two internships with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and a summer internship with Judge Stephen Murphy of the Eastern District of Michigan.

In her free time, Meagan also serves as a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, enjoys tap dancing, and can't resist reading a good book.

Meagan genuinely enjoyed her time at UDM Law and she is passionate about talking to prospective students about her experience. Please contact the admissions office to obtain her contact information.