Blog Entry 96

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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October 30th, 2010
Here it is now, a sunny Saturday afternoon, and Meagan is at Panera to work on…her advanced advocacy argument! (I bet you didn’t see that one coming…) 

With advanced advocacy, the big issue is not understanding the law, but being able to take a stand and articulate your position clearly and persuasively. We’ve been assured that we’re not going to be graded on how well we understand the law of absolute and qualified immunity, but rather, on the strength of our written advocacy skills. At the same time though, the types of people who take advanced advocacy, moot court members, aren’t the kind to just leave it at that. As such, I think all of us have been incredibly diligent about working on this day after day to make sure we have a good grasp on the law, so that our argument is very well grounded. 

Yes, I, Meagan Hanna, just said that I worked on this assignment day after day. I meet with my professor on Monday to discuss my original submission, and I desperately want to have something better to show her by then. My plan for the week was to work on it for an hour every day. I’m not going to lie, I definitely fell short of that, but the point is that I’ve probably put in about three hours this week, which is way more than I usually spend this far in advance. I’m not exactly sure where this level of motivation came from, but I think I like it. 

I’ve decided that today will be my productive day, and tomorrow will be my fun day. I have another five hours of homework, and then I have work work. (As I mentioned before, I work at Bath and Body Works. We have our holiday floorset tonight from 9pm-3am. We’re making a party out of it, so hopefully it will be a fun time…and we’ll get paid to do it!) Tomorrow, I plan to carve my pumpkin (which is a big deal for me…I love carving pumpkins!!), watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters. Who said Halloween is only for kids?

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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.