Blog Entry 107

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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January 5th, 2011
If there is such a thing as there being crunch time during Christmas break, this would be it. 

Today, I made the trip to school (of course it starts snowing right when I get here…) to take care of some last minute sorts of things. The building is a complete construction zone right now; I guess the crews are all feeling the “crunch”  too with only a few days until the school is swarming with students again. I can’t wait until the dust clears, and we get to see the progress they have made. 

Right now, I’m sitting in one of the new quiet/group study rooms in the library. Our study rooms used to be kind of creepy, and we would all fight over the four rooms. Now, they’ve doubled the number of rooms (which means there’s usually one free for me!), and installed nice, big windows. Much less creepy. 

I’m sure you all desperately want to know how my law review research is going. I’m at the point now where I’m starting to feel like I have a handle on the material. My goal right now is to just become very knowledgeable about my topic, and worry less about putting together some sort of written excellence. I’m starting to feel a little less overwhelmed, and like I have a much better handle on things. Let’s see if I can keep this feeling of calm alive… 

My research is made more fun by the fact that I get to use my new Christmas present: an Amazon Kindle. Westlaw, one of the two major online legal databases, recently underwent a sort of upgrade. As part of this upgrade, they now offer the option of sending cases to your Kindle. Considering the fact that I dragged around two binders of case printouts for my writing class last semester, I decided it would be worthwhile to try out. My verdict so far is a positive one. It was super easy to send the cases, everything showed up almost instantly on my Kindle, and although I think it will take a bit of adjustment to get used to reading on the Kindle screen, it already feels so much more natural than reading off a computer screen, and definitely more environmentally friendly than printing out hundreds of pages. It’s something I recommend looking into. If only they could get textbooks formatted for the Kindle… 

Anyhow, back to the reading…

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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.