Blog Entry 81

Posted by Meagan Hanna
Meagan Hanna
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August 3rd, 2010
Umm, so I guess it’s already August?! 

Classes start three weeks from yesterday, and I have just one question: where has my summer gone? I had such plans for this summer, a “to do” list a mile long with all of the things that I had been putting off during the school year, and with few exceptions, most of the items on my list are incomplete. Now getting close to panic mode, I’m making a concerted effort in these last few weeks to make sure that I am being very productive, while still ensuring that I take the time to enjoy myself. This means that my weeks are full of everything from doctors and dentist appointments to recaulking my shower and vacuuming out my car.  

Today, I thought I move towards something a bit less lighthearted than my analysis of law school supplies, and talk for a bit about law school and alcohol abuse.  

You’re in law school now, you’re a young professional…and alcohol can be a part of that. Use your good judgment. Alcohol is provided at some school functions, because the school sees us as adults, and believes we can handle ourselves around alcohol. Don’t be that person who ends up wasted at a school function. Also, when alcohol comes into play in social functions, keep in mind the fact that you are a law student, and if you end up with something like a DUI on your record, it has the potential to destroy your legal career before it even begins. 

On that note, if your Facebook profile picture depicts you in a drunken state, or consuming alcohol, you might want to change that to something a bit more professional. I know some law students who have all sorts of partying pictures all over the internet, and it just doesn’t paint the picture of them as mature, responsible individuals. You’re going to hear about it at orientation, but your professional reputation begins now. If you have some free time this summer, maybe take a few minutes to check out your privacy settings on your Facebook account, and make sure the content linked to you is the type you wouldn’t mind a potential employer seeing. 

It’s one thing to party, and it’s another to rely on alcohol to get you through the week. For people predisposed to alcoholism, the stress of law school seems to be a trigger; I know a few people who may find themselves having problems in the next couple years. If you discover you are having any issues with alcohol, address them early before they become big issues. There are plenty of anonymous alcohol abuse hotlines that would be able to offer support, or I’m sure you academic affairs counselor would be able to point you in the right direction to get you the help that you need. 

That discussion wasn’t too painful was it? (When I was five years old, my family was in an accident where we hit by a drunk driver, so alcohol issues are pretty near and dear to me; these are some real issues that I couldn’t just ignore.) 

On a completely different note, I’m running low on my “to blog” list. If you can think of anything you would like me to address in my blog, or if you just have questions with starting your first year (or about the school, if you are in the application stage), please let me know at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Have a great week! 

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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.