News and Events

Ten Teams Advance to Michigan High School Mock Trial State Finals

16 March, 2014

The 31st annual Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29 at Veteran’s Courthouse in Lansing.  The MHSMTT is administered by the Michigan Center for Civic Education.


Exploring Careers in the Law--Summer Program for High School Students--Now Accepting Applications

14 March, 2014

Each summer, the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center offers a dynamic program that illustrates the work of state courts. Participants examine how appellate courts work by arguing a case as if before the Supreme Court.


Macomb County court to stage mock trial regional tourney

24 February, 2014

The Macomb County courthouse in Mount Clemens for the first time Saturday will play host to a regional round of the annual state High School Mock Trial Tournament.


East Grand Rapids High School Reclaims Michigan We the People Crown

12 January, 2014

East Grand Rapids High School, led by teacher Janice Yates, took first place at the We the People State Finals held January 10 at the Michigan Capitol Complex in Lansing.


Senator Stabenow Talks Civics At Bloomfield Hills Middle School

26 November, 2013

 U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow encouraged students in Bloomfield Hills Monday to learn about their communities and get involved in causes they believe in if they want to make positive changes.


Sign up to be a Mock Trial Judge or Court Officer NOW!

14 November, 2013

The Michigan Center for Civic Education is seeking volunteers to serve as Judges and Court Officers for the 2014 Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament.


Howell “We The People” to Participate in District Hearing

10 November, 2013

 Howell High School’s “We The People” class is back from their previous wins as a new group and is already looking for practice opportunities to prepare them for state competition.


Cortney Kosmala-Jackson, Cesar Chavez Academy High School, awarded 2013 Michigan Civic Education Teacher of the Year

19 October, 2013

Cortney Kosmala-Jackson, a master Civics teacher at César Chávez Academy High School in Detroit has been named the Michigan Civic Education Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Kosmala-Jackson’s passion for her students and their development as responsible citizens is exemplary.  She understands that in order to develop an engaged citizenry, it is vital to connect her students to community leaders and the world outside their classroom.


Registration is now open for the 2014 Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament.

01 October, 2013

The Michigan Center for Civic Education announces that registration is now open for high schools to register in this year’s tournament.


3Rs program: Grand Rapids Bar Association attorneys will teach GRPS students this year

17 September, 2013


The Grand Rapids Bar Association and Grand Rapids schools Tuesday, Sept. 17, launched the 3Rs program, in which 30 volunteer attorneys will teach constitutional law and other civics subjects to ninth-graders.


MCCE’s Resources, Programs, & Lessons

Educating for Citizenship

Educating for Citizenship is a conference for educators and community members that highlights best practices in law-related and civic education in Michigan and nationally.

Civic Education Teacher of the Year Award

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Mock Trial

A Mock Trial is designed to reenact much of what might take place in a trial court.  Students take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses and compete against each other in real courtrooms in front of real judges and lawyers.

"[A] unique opportunity for young people to learn about the legal system..."

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