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Demonstration to Help Polish Howell's 'We The People' Team

01 April, 2013


WHMI Livingston County

An event next week will serve as a tune-up of sorts for a local group of students set to represent Michigan in a national competition. Howell High School’s We The People team is hosting a demonstration night on Tuesday, April 9th at the Howell High School Auditorium as they prepare for the National Competition April 26th -29th in Washington DC.  School officials say the demonstration night will serve multiple purposes by letting the public see what We the People is about, while also helping the students practice and thanking their sponsors as well. Since taking 1st place at the State Finals in January, several individuals, businesses and organizations have contributed to help the team raise the $52,000 needed for all 29 members to travel to Washington DC.  A big part of that came from the Ted and Jane Von Voightlander Foundation, which pledged $26,000.  At the Demonstration Night, each team will answer one question from the judges based on the three questions the teams are preparing for Competition.  Guest judges include Howell Superintendent Ron Wilson, Livingston County Prosecutor Bill Vailliencourt, Howell High School Principal Jason Schrock, and others. We the People is an instructional program on the history and principles of American constitutional democracy for elementary, middle school, and high school students.


Howell High School We The People Team Returns from Washington, DC

01 May, 2013

Howell High School

While Howell High School’s We The People Team did not finish in the Top 10 at the 26th Annual We The People National Finals in Washington, DC over the weekend, the team’s Unit 6 did receive an award as the Top Unit 6 in the nation. Members will return to classes Wednesday with many great memories and experiences to treasure.


Cranbrook Sixth Graders Win State Bar of Michigan’s Second Annual Law Day Contest

01 May, 2013


A group of 21 talented sixth graders from Cranbrook Girls Middle School in Bloomfield Hills has won a $1,000 grand prize award in the State Bar of Michigan's second annual Law Day Contest. Second place in the contest, and a $750 prize, goes to a group composed of leaders of the Davis-Dunnings Bar Association, youth involved in the Turning Point of Lansing, and various volunteers.


Register Now for Civility and Free Expression: A Community Conversation On Gun Violence

01 March, 2013

 Civility across the nation seems to be lacking in both political discourse and our daily lives. Is it possible for us to freely share our ideas on contentious issues and remain civil with one another?


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

28 February, 2013


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 Michigan Supreme Court. The program is for students entering 10th–12th grade (Fall 2013) and 2013 graduates. This year’s program will be held July 29-August 2 from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m daily.


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

23 March, 2013



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)








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

22 March, 2013

 By Kody Klein 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.


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

21 March, 2013

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.


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.


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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