Blog Entry 93

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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October 18th, 2010
Wow…I’ve been just a little busy lately. 

Let’s see, since I’ve last updated, I have: finished and submitted my evidence paper, caught up on all of my reading (go me!), attended a cousin’s wedding, helped out at an admissions “prospective student” event, cleaned my room (kind of…), completed a sourcecheck for law review (and, in turn, had the closest thing I’ve ever had to an all-nighter: 2.5 hours of sleep), bought a pumpkin, helped run a successful “Bowling Against Cancer” fundraiser for the Karmanos Cancer Institute, and even started outlining! 

This past weekend was delightful, if not unproductive. I cannot even begin to describe how delighted I feel when I turn a page in my planner…and see nothing. Of course, I had plenty of homework that I could have been working on, and I did get quite a bit accomplished, but my focus was on getting refreshed and ready to tackle another week.  

Now, it’s back to the real world of classes and homework. This week, my big project is working on a draft of one of my arguments for my advanced advocacy brief. We will submit our draft on Thursday, and then next week, we will again have the opportunity to meet with our professor in conferences. She will provide us with feedback, and then we have 24 hours to submit a revised draft for grading. I have to say, I love this form of grading. Having the opportunity for feedback is terribly important in the learning process, yet practically every time I turn in an assignment, I don’t really even care about it after I get my grade…I just move on to the next item on my “to do” list. By providing us with the incentive (i.e. a higher grade) to really put the effort into seeking feedback, I think it makes the students both happier and more intelligent. 

Fortunately, we have already completed a “research report” that was pretty much an outline of the arguments we are planning to make, so I’m hopeful that my argument draft will come together smoothly enough. Now, I just need to finish an ungraded evidence quiz, and do my reading for my classes tomorrow, and then I can really get started! I suspect it’s going to be another long week…Thursday night cannot come soon enough!

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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.