Alumni speaks to pre-law students
Towson Alumnus Frank Meyer said one of his most memorable cases was a murder in Baltimore County.
Armed robbers targeted a family, and the father and 17-year-old daughter were shot and killed, he said.
The mother was shot twice in the head but managed to survive and later testified in court.
Meyer said that this was an intimidating case as a recently graduated law student.
“Lots of people dropped out in the first week,” he said. “During my first orientation week, my professors warned my class that not all of us would make it through. I thought ‘Did I join the marines or something?’”
Meyer shared these and other experiences as a Baltimore County Prosecutor at a Prelaw Society meeting Thursday.
What surprised him about working in law was that it changed his perception of life outside the State Attorney’s office, he said.
“The upsetting thing to me was when I started in this business, I grew up in Parkville and I went to Towson,” he said. “And I kind of thought all of this was very safe. And when I started I was in Baltimore City and I thought ‘OK bad things happen here but I go home to Towson and thing are OK’.”
Student Alexis Gallagher said she found Meyer’s talk useful.
“It’s always good to get the Prelaw Society together and to talk to someone who is currently practicing law or has just recently retired to really get a feel for if you’re interested and what to expect,” she said.
Meyer said he’s done thousands of cases in his career as a prosecutor.
He said the choices he made in his career were motivated by a number of things.
“You’ve got to have a little bit of [developing thick skin],” he said. “And you have to enjoy what you do, I always tell people that, that’s really step number one.”