April 2, 2012

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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Less than a month and a half to graduation!! Where has the time gone?!

With it being the beginning of the month, I have filled out my April calendar, and it is making me wonder just where all of the time has gone! This is the month for final exams, final papers, and final projects. Fortunately, this semester seems pretty light in comparison to semesters past: I have a final project for my Small Firm Practice LFP, a WAC (writing across the curriculum) paper for tax, a take-home final exam for tax, and then an in-class final for Federal Criminal Law. In addition, I’m attempting to finish my edits for law review so that those can be all completed before graduation. Sounds pretty easy, right? It should be, but let me just say, it is taking an awful lot to fight the demotivating “3Litis,” especially on days when it is beautiful outside!

Some interesting things since I’ve last posted…

The McElroy lecture occurred about a week and a half ago. The McElroy lecture began about sixteen years ago, and was set up by the McElroy family to bring in well-regarded speakers for an annual law and religion lecture. The two student organizations I am most involved in are the biggest supporters of the McElroy lecture (St. Thomas More Society for the religious aspect, and Law Review because we publish the lecture in one of our issues), so it was a can’t-miss event for me. This year’s speaker was Professor Marci Hamilton, one of the leading law and religious scholars in the United States. She spoke about the issue of child abuse and the difficulty in detecting this type of abuse within close-knit religious institutions. It was very interesting, and although she made clear that her primary interest was in protecting children, I thought she presented a well-balanced approach. I felt that my internship in the child abuse unit of the prosecutor’s office made it all the more worthwhile for me. This is one of those events that few students generally attend, but if you are given the chance, I highly recommend it.

My internship is also going very well. In addition to doing observations and general trial prep work, I have also had some opportunities to go on the record. I was able to argue a pretrial motion in circuit court, handle some adjournments in district court, and most recently, I got to question a witness during a preliminary examination in Dearborn. I just cannot impress the value of an internship highly enough on you. It is just such a neat way to get experience and confidence while you are still in school. I know some people who didn’t take court-heavy clinics, and didn’t take internships, and they will graduate without ever seeing the inside of a courtroom. Really? If you want to be a trial lawyer, and you want to be “practice ready” when you graduate, there is just no substitute for taking an internship and getting that hands-on experience while you are in school (even though we DO have great trial practice professors…).

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.