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Register Now for 2012 MGTV Mock Election

25 April, 2012

 The Michigan Center for Civic Education is proud to be partnering with Michigan Government Television (MGTV) for the 2012 MGTV Mock Election Project. This is a great way to engage young people in the November elections, and it's free. Nothing gets kids more interested in voting than letting them vote.


Michigan Center for Civic Education Launches Civility and Free Expression Dialogue

24 April, 2012

The Michigan Center for Civic Education announces the start of a new statewide educational project on civility and free expression. This statewide education project is being conducted in association with Civility and Free Expression in a Constitutional Democracy—A National Dialogue, a nationwide initiative of the American Bar Association Division for Public Education (ABA). The initiative is being funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The Michigan Center for Civic Education is partnering with Cooley Law School, Michigan Government Television, the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center, and the State Bar of Michigan.


Summer Programs at the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center

24 April, 2012


Limited openings are available in summer programs for high school students interested in legal careers and for teachers who would like to use moot court simulations in their classrooms.

Exploring Careers in the Law for 10th–12th Grades

June 25–29; application deadline May 11

 Moot Court in Your Classroom for Teachers

August 1–2; application deadline June 15


Students get up-close look at county government

13 April, 2012


High school students learned how the government works by visiting the county seat.

More than a hundred students from Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Ferndale, Lake Orion, Milford, Pontiac, White Lake and West Bloomfield school districts participated in the annual Youth in Government Day program at the Oakland County Circuit Court.


Ann Arbor Community High School takes first place at 2012 Michigan High School Mock Trial State Finals

24 March, 2012

On Saturday, March 24, 2012, 10 teams advanced to the State Finals of the 2012 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:


Port Huron High mock trial team prepares for state finals

22 March, 2012

Nathan Borowski is ready to get into character.

The 16-year-old from Port Huron will take the stand Saturday as Pat Nugent Siriusz to testify in the trial of his father’s murder. The Port Huron High School freshman will compete in the state finals of the Michigan Center for Civic Education’s 2012 mock trial tournament in Lansing.

For Nathan, the motivation is simple.

“Honestly, I like to argue,” he said. “I get to step into the portrayal of somebody else ... It’s actually a lot of fun.”


Trenton Students Get Honorable Mention in Mock Trial Competition

14 March, 2012

Trenton High School students were among only about 14 out of 41 schools to receive an honorable mention in a mock trial held over the weekend at Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac, MI.


Kalamazoo Central Mock Trial Team qualifies for State Competition

12 March, 2012

Kalamazoo Central High School's mock trial team placed second on Saturday at a regional competition in Grand Rapids, making it one of 10 teams to compete in the state tournament on March 24.

 Central's mock trial team has won 17 state titles since the team's formation in 1986. They were state champions in 2009, won the national championship in 1996 and placed second in the nation for three consecutive years in 2006-08.



Mock trial teams learn 'it's not like TV'

20 February, 2012

Ypsilanti High School senior Lucy Smith isn't sure she's the type to become an attorney.

''I'm not someone who likes to argue,'' said Smith, the daughter and granddaughter of attorneys. ''I'd rather compromise. Getting up there and saying, `I'm right and you're wrong...'' that 's something I have a hard time doing.''

But whatever career path she takes at the University of Michigan next fall, Smith said she will always cherish her experience.


State Bar of Michigan Launches New Law Day Contest

25 January, 2012

The State Bar of Michigan is starting a new Law Day tradition in 2012 by launching a statewide contest to highlight the theme “Michigan: No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom,” utilizing SBM's Michigan Legal Milestones.

The Michigan Legal Milestones is a 25-year-old State Bar program that commemorates important jurists and court cases that have contributed to our rich legal history. Bronze plaques detailing the background and importance of each case, event, or personality have been placed throughout the state. There are 36 milestones to date.


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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