Blog Entry 56

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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on Friday, 21 October 2011
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March 24th, 2010
So this is what it means to be busy…

We had our G. Mennen 1L moot court competition on Saturday. It was a long day, but I think generally enjoyable for everyone. I was honored to be one of the 34 students (out of about 280 first year students) selected to advance to the quarterfinals in the competition, as was my fellow blogger Ashley. Our reward for our hard work? We got to spend the next couple days preparing an argument for the other side to deliver during the quarterfinals, which were on Tuesday.

I think I speak for all of us who advanced when I say that I was very honored and excited, but at the same time, it was a very stressful couple of days. We had been working with this case since the beginning of January, and I represented the government since then. It proved to be challenging to switch my mindset from government to defendant, and it took a lot of work to rewrite my argument. Add to that the fact that I have been fighting off a cold for awhile now (it still isn’t gone), not getting more than five hours of sleep the past few nights, and I was a bit of a mess yesterday. I ended up doing a respectable job with my argument, but I’m sure I could have done better. I didn’t advance, but I was pretty okay with that fact…I got to go home, watch some television, get to bed early and then get up today and wear jeans! The moot court semifinal and final rounds are tonight, and two of the people from my section will be arguing then; it will be fun to see who comes out on top.

Today, I officially accepted an externship offer with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for the summer, and I am really looking forward to it. I will be working in their community prosecution division which works on non-fatal shootings and other violent crimes, things that people in the community would care about. The attorneys in this division are assigned to one particular Detroit police district and work both at the main office and at the station. This division seems to work more with the investigation process, and it seems like I will have some really interesting opportunities.

Now I just have to get through the rest of this school year…

(By the way, on Friday and Saturday, I got to meet with a bunch of prospective students. I’m hoping some of them picked up on my shameless plug and decided to check out this blog…if you are a new reader, please feel free to e-mail me with any questions you might have about UDM Law or the law school experience at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

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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.