MCCE was founded as the result of a partnership between educators and community members (lawyers, judges, legislators, municipal government officials, law enforcement and others). All partners need to work together to equip students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become engaged, knowledgeable citizens.

Community members play an important role by serving as resources to law-related and civic education classes and by advocating for the importance of law-related civic education in preparing the next generation of active citizens.

The best civics, government, and law classes take students outside of the four walls of the classroom into the community-- the laboratory of democracy.

Proper use of resource persons to enhance civic instruction takes time and planning, but it is worth it. The American Bar Association Technical Assistance Bulletin No 22 focuses on The Role of the Resource Person in Law-Related Education.

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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