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Clarkston High School takes first place at 2013 Michigan High School Mock Trial State Finals

23 March, 2013

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Photo Courtesy of Tammy Allen for the State Bar of Michigan.

 

On Saturday, March 23, 10 teams advanced to the State Finals of the 2013 Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament.

Four Teams advanced to the semifinals, and after two more hard-fought rounds the final results are as follows:

State Champions: Clarkston High School (Team A)
Runner-Up: Kalamazoo Central High School
Third Place: Forest Hills Northern High School
Fourth Place: University of Detroit Jesuit High School

Also competing at the State Finals (the highest scoring teams from their respective Regional Tournaments) were:

Ann Arbor Community High School
Clarkston High School (Team B)
St. Mary Catholic School Yale High School
Ypsilanti High School (Team A)
Ypsilanti High School (Team B)

 

 

 

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Mock trial teams from Community and Ypsilanti high schools compete at state finals

22 March, 2013

 By Kody Klein  AnnArbor.com Intern Reporter

Three mock trial teams from Community High School and Ypsilanti High School are heading to Lansing on Saturday to compete in the state finals for Michigan Center for Civic Education's high school mock trial tournament.

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Yale High School mock trial team will battle Saturday in state finals

21 March, 2013

 Thetimesherald.com

The eighth annual St. Clair County Bar Association Mock Trial Tournament was conducted, as always, the last Saturday of February. Thirteen teams from nine St. Clair County high schools competed. One hundred and twenty-three students practiced from November until game day.

Every student demonstrated a good, basic knowledge of courtroom procedure, a well-developed theme of the case and presentation of that theme by the entire team and, more importantly, competition in a respectful, professional setting where preparation, ethics and depth of character are every bit as important as the mental gymnastics plied in each courtroom duel.

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West Bloomfield students selected for Senate Youth Program

17 February, 2013

 

West Bloomfield High School students Jacob Podell and Chloe Pan have been chosen to represent Michigan as student delegates in the 51st U.S. Senate Youth Program.

 U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced the appointments this week. The students will be among 104 from around the United States participating in intensive study of the  federal government March 9-16.

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Entries Still being accepted for State Bar of Michigan Law Day Contest-- More Than $3,000 in Prizes Available

14 February, 2013

The State Bar of Michigan's second annual Law Day contest is open for entries until April 5, 2013.  Applicants must submit a creative entry illustrating the 2013 Law Day Theme, "Michigan—Realizing the Dream: Equality for All," using content from one or more Michigan Legal Milestones.

Schools and community groups are eligible to participate as long as they involve a lawyer as part of their project.  If a school wants to do a project and needs help finding a lawyer they can contact SBM Communications Specialist Samantha Meinke at (517) 346-6332 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  the Michigan Center for Civic Education at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Kalamazoo Central Mock Trial team places first in regionals, qualifies for state tournament

03 March, 2013

 Kalamazoo Central High School's mock trial team placed first in regional competition Saturday and has qualified for the state tournament on March 23 in Lansing. K-Central placed first in all three rounds of competition. Forest Hills Northern was second and St. Joseph High School was third. Saturday's competition was held at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids.

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Howell students take first-place state Constitutional honors

14 January, 2013

 

By Wayne Peal

LIVINGSTON DAILY PRESS & ARGUS

Anyone looking for an interpretation of U.S. Constitution would do to call Howell High School.

The school’s We the People team –– 29 students well-versed in Constitutional law –– just earned first place honors in this year’s state finals, held Friday in Lansing.

“This was the fist time we’ve won,” said teacher Mark Oglesby who has coached the school’s student competitors for 11 years.

Team members are now eligible to compete in the national We the People finals, to be held April 26-29 on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. as well as in select Captiol Hill meeting rooms.Competitions are formatted like Congressional hearings.

 

During Friday’s state finals, students had to make oral presentations in six different units on six distinct areas of the Constitution and were scored on how well they expressed themselves.

“We were definitely nervous, but we had worked hard to get ready,” said team member Megan Isom, a senior who took part in a discussion of equal protection under the law.

“It covered civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights and all kinds of other topics,” Oglesby said. “Everyone on every unit had to contribute.”

Each unit received its own score, which was compiled into the team score. The overall margin was narrow, just 1,004-1,002 over the team from East Grand Rapids.

The win, Oglesby said, came after a recent series of second place finishes, including one by a mere four points in 2010.

“It was nerve wracking, but when it was over it was just amazing,” said senior Ben Schultz. “We had really good team chemistry and that helped.”

Event judges included state Rep. Cindy Denby, R-Handy Township and former Livingston County Prosecutor David Morse.

Morse said he was particular impressed with the Howell team’s presentation on compromise under the Constitution, a much discussed topic these days. “I’ve been a judge for five years, and I can tell you theirs was the best presentation I’d ever seen,” Morse said.

In addition to capturing overall first place honors, the Howell team also captured the units equal protection and governmental compromise.

“By this year’s draw, Unit 3 (the equal protection unit) went first and they really rocked it,” Oglesby said. “They got us off to a great start.”

We the People competitions are conducted in 45 states, as well as the District of Columbia.

The We The People program is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established through the State Bar of California to promote democratic ideals in the U.S. and abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Britten, Detroit Northwestern High School, awarded 2012 Michigan Civic EducationTeacher of the Year

03 November, 2012

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David Britten, a social studies teacher at Northwestern High School, Detroit Public Schools, was named the Michigan Civic Education Teacher of the Year.  The award was presented by David Hales, Social Studies Consultant, Wayne RESA, and Board Member of the Michigan Center for Civic Education. The award was presented at the Joint Social Studies Conference co- sponsored by the Michigan Center for Civic Education. 

The selection of teacher of the year is based on the following criteria:

1-Excellence in the instruction of civic and law-related education  
2-Involvement of students in civic and law-related education programs which give students the opportunity to practice the skills of citizenship
3-Leadership in the teaching profession by promoting civic education

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MGTV Michigan Mock Election Tradition continues…

10 October, 2012

Three Year Grant by the U.S Election Assistance Commission (EAC) helps underwrite student participation in the ‘2012 MGTV Michigan Mock Election’ across the state.

Michigan Government Television (MGTV) is coordinating the ‘MGTV Michigan Mock Election Project’ again this year, which culminates in online voting by K-12 students in a statewide mock election at the end of October.  There is no cost to schools to vote in the mock election and teachers are encouraged to use MGTV’s online curriculum and archived videos, along with election-related programming airing on the MGTV cable network. Students will be casting their votes for President, U.S. Senate and Congress; Michigan House of Representatives and Supreme Court; and six statewide ballot proposals.  Michigan results for the national races will be compiled with all 50 states, through a partnership with My Voice National Student Mock Election, the largest mock election in the country.  Voting begins online on October 22nd and ends on November 1st. 

On November 2nd, national results will be available on their website 

and Michigan results on MGTV’s website

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Don Fulkerson Recognized for Service to Civic Education

03 October, 2012

Don Fulkerson, a civil, appellate, and trial court practitioner in Westland, Michigan received a legislative tribute in Lansing before a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Center for Civic Education (MCCE).

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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.

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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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