News and Events

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

01 October, 2012


This year's case is a criminal case surrounding the disappearance and alleged murder of a high-school student:

Following Superior High School's Senior Prom, "Sam" Seaside held a party while his/her parents were out of town. Among other things, when Sam's parents returned, Mr. Seaside found that his gun was missing. The following weekend, Sam snuck out of the house to attend a pre-graduation party with some friends. Some of the other students who attended the party saw Sam arguing with his longtime friend "Nicki" Shore. Sometime later, Sam and Nicki left the party in Nicki's car with "Jo" Turner, Nicki's love interest. Nicki never returned home, but his/her car was found in the parking lot near the playground at a local park that Sunday. In the car, police found a bullet, and crime-lab analysis revealed that there were blood stains on the passenger-side interior. After interviewing the available witnesses and conducting extensive forensic analysis, police arrested and charged Sam Seaside for the murder of Nicki Shore. Nicki's body was never found.



Registration is now open for the 2013 Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament.

01 October, 2012


This year's case is a civil case surrounding the alleged defamation of a mock-trial participant. The plaintiff, a member of an up-and-coming high-school mock-trial team, alleges that the defendant, a rival school, made defamatory statements about the plaintiff in the defendant's online newspaper. In the article, the deputy student editor of the school's magazine alleged that the plaintiff appeared to be texting his coach during the final round of the competition. According to the article, the plaintiff's closing argument was unusually effective, and a review of the score sheets shows that the closing argument made the difference. The defendant has denied the allegations and is asserting that the newspaper article is true. As a result of the claimed cheating, the plaintiff lost her scholarship with a prestigious university


Joint Conference Registration is Now Open

28 September, 2012

In 2012, MCCE is partnering with the Michigan Council for Social Studies, Michigan Council on Economic Education, the Michigan Council for History Education, and the Michigan Geographic Alliance on a Joint Social Studies Conference—Working Together.


Michigan Center for Civic Education Names New Board Members

01 August, 2012

The Michigan Center for Civic Education is pleased to announce the appointment of five new Board Members. 

“We at MCCE are excited about expanding our services to educate and engage more students to be effective citizens through civic and law-related education” said Linda Start, Executive Director of the Michigan Center for Civic Education.  “This addition completes a key task that our Board laid out as we embark on a new path forward”.

MCCE thanks the Michigan State Bar Foundation for providing funding to develop a new roadmap which will enable MCCE to expand outreach and services.


Civics/Government/Law Presenters Sought for Joint Conference

25 July, 2012

The 2012 Joint Social Studies Conference has been scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, at the John Lewis Student Community Center at Macomb Community College in Warren.


State Bar Litigation Section Funds Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament

10 July, 2012


The Litigation Section of the State Bar of Michigan [recently] presented a $5,000 check to the Michigan Center for Civic Education to support the 2011-2012 Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament. Steve Fox, Secretary of the Litigation Section, stated that they were very pleased to continue their long-standing support of the competition. Fox noted that it was particularly fitting that trial lawyers provide both financial support and personal time to insure the continued success of the State’s mock trial program. Over the years, the Litigation Section has been one of the largest benefactors of the competition, contributing $32,000 since 2003. Fox added that support should also come from other sections of the State Bar as well, challenging them to become annual benefactors of the Michigan Center for Civic Education.



Regional Meetings focus on State Level Policy Making to Improve Civic Learning and Engagement

05 July, 2012


he Michigan Center for Civic Education was invited to participant in Every Student a Citizen Western Regional Meeting at the Cantigny Park Visitors Center on June 28, 2012.  MCCE was represented by Linda Start, Executive Director.   Also attending was Kathleen Straus, Michigan State Board of Education.


High-schoolers get a chance to see the inner workings, top decision makers in Washington

02 July, 2012


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Based on everything the Chief Justice of the United States told our household teenager, Connor was not surprised by last week's ruling on the Affordable Care Act.  

John G. Roberts Jr. was the swing vote in a 5-4 tally that officially said, "Yup. Looks more or less OK to us." That was somewhat startling to most of the allegedly knowledgeable prognosticators, but chances are they've never sat in a big room in the Supreme Court Building hung with portraits of deceased justices, peppering Roberts with questions.

Connor, who just finished his junior year, had that opportunity in March because of an amazing program that every politically inclined high-schooler in Michigan should know about.  

In theory, that's why I'm mentioning the United States Senate Youth Program now. You can also make a case that I've been waiting 31/2 months to brag about my kid, and I'm out of patience. But the fact is, the program USSYP took him places he could barely have imagined, and chances are you know a junior or senior who would appreciate the opportunity as much as he did. 


Bureau of Assessment and Accountability Item Writers and Review Committee Members Needed

25 June, 2012


The Bureau of Assessment and Accountability would like to let Michigan educators know about the opportunity to be involved in the development
of Michigan statewide assessments, including the Michigan Educational
Assessment Program (MEAP), MEAP-Access, MI-Access, the Michigan Merit
Examination (MME), the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA),
and the new Michigan Interim Assessments (K-12). If you are interested
in applying to be an item writer, passage writer, and/or review
committee member click here and complete the online



East Grand Rapids students take honors at We the People competition near Washington, D.C.

02 May, 2012

 East Grand Rapids High School students earned recognition this week near the nation’s capital for their performance during the annual, We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals.

The team earned the right to compete at the national level after winning the top spot in state competition in January. The 30-member East Grand Rapids team took honors in the Central Region comprised of 10 states as the top scoring team outside the top 10 finalists in the competition, which organizers say is a worthy accomplishment. 


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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