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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.


Waterford students preparing for Mock Trial Tournament

19 January, 2012

The setup: A famous musician is found dead at his piano, his son found nearby washing himself in the pool. A bandmate who walks in on this macabre scene is charged with murdering the musician.  These are the juicy details Michigan high school students are considering as they prepare for the annual Mock Trial Tournament coming up March 10.


East Grand Rapids Takes First Place

17 January, 2012

2012 First Place Michigan We the People Champions-East Grand Rapids High School

East Grand Rapids High School, led by teacher Janice Yates, took first place at the We the People State Finals held January 6 at the Michigan Capitol Complex in Lansing. Howell High School finished second and Marquette High School finished third. East Kentwood High School and Coldwater High School took Honorable Mention.


Local Lawmaker Congratulates Students on Statewide Achievement

17 January, 2012

A group of Howell High School students recently placed second in the state in the "We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution" competition. It brought high school students from all over Michigan to the Capitol earlier this month to learn about the Constitution and being involved in government.


Mock Trial Clinic Held on November 16 at Cooley Law School

16 November, 2011

Dozens of high school students and a few of their teachers filed into Cooley Law School classrooms at the Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Ann Arbor campuses in mid-November for an all-day mock trial clinic.


Mark Oglesby named Michigan Civic Education Teacher of the Year

05 November, 2011

Howell High School Teacher Mark Oglesby was recently recognized as the Michigan Civic Education Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Center for Civic Education. He received the award at the Michigan Joint Social Studies Conference in Lansing on Nov. 5.


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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