Welcome to Mock Trial!
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This year’s Mock Trial Clinic was held Monday, December 9, 2019 at the
Hall of Justice and Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center – Lansing, MI
Congratulations on choosing to advance your knowledge of the law through Mock Trial. You are joining an amazing community of civically minded, justice oriented individuals who also see to provide the skills and opportunities for meaningful civic and law related education.
MCCE and the State Bar of Michigan warmly welcome you to join us in community as we learn about Mock Trial together. This December, together with our friends at the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center and the Michigan Supreme Court, join us to learn and advance your knowledge of Mock Trial. This daylong event will feature an outline of the Mock Trial season, evaluation of a practice case, key features of opening and closing statements, plus an introduction to witness development.
Students and coaches are invited to come and work on their courtroom skills under the guidance of experienced trial attorneys, law professors, and tournament judges. Sessions will be offered for mock trial participants both new and experienced participants. Sessions are devoted to improving mock skills such as:
- developing a theme for case
- direct and cross examination
- developing a witness
- crafting opening and closing statements
- rules of evidence
- courtroom etiquette
New! We will feature separate sessions for Courtroom Artistry and Courtroom Journalism. Students will work on skills needed to become courtroom drawing experts as well as journalists. Sign up below and indicate your preference to join us in these new roles!
This year’s clinic will also include a tour of the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center and, if scheduling permits, a visit to the Michigan Supreme Court Chambers!
For a full FAQ and explanation of the clinic, please visit here. As always, MCCE continues to update its web based information, coaching support, and resources. Please feel free to contact us so we can figure out ways to ensure all communities have equitable access to the program.
A Day at the Clinic
Sample Michigan High School Mock Trial Clinic
@ the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center
9:00am. – 3 pm.
|Sample Agenda –
Agenda to be tailored to the individual needs of participants and schools
|8:30 a.m.||School Arrival, Check-In, Light Refreshments, Meet and Greet|
|9:00 a.m.||Welcome to Mock Trial and Introductions
Meet Your Sponsors:
Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center Director
The State Bar of Michigan
The Michigan Center for Civic Education
Additional Partners , Sponsors, and Volunteers
Meet Each Other
|9:30 a.m.||Overview of Mock Trial –
Purpose, Overview, and MCCE Season at a Glance
|10:00 a.m.||Seeing the Big Picture –
Developing a Theory and Theme
|10:40 a.m.||Small Group Processing –
Seeing the Big Picture – Developing a Theory and Theme
|11:10 a.m.||Break and Move into Breakout Sessions
Breakout Groups (depending on number of entries):
|11:30 p.m.||Opening Statement and Closing Arguments|
|12:40 p.m.||Direct Examinations and Cross-Examinations
Attorney and Witness Approaches
|1:15 p.m.||Rules of Evidence|
|1:45 p.m.||Objections Game|
|2:20 p.m.||Tour of Michigan Supreme Court|
Registration and Payment
All attendees must register and pay the $10 registration fee. Lunch and learning materials will be provided. Please communicate any food or accessibility accommodations required. A PDF of the registration may be dowloaded here and emailed to MCCE.
Registration Deadline: UPDATED. DECEMBER 3, 2019
You can pay online via our store (link below registration form) or by check.
If you are paying Online, please click on the product link below and add the appropriate number of participants before checking out. Please consider offsetting the administrative costs if the means are available to you. Thank You!
Please make checks payable to the Michigan Center for Civic Education and return to:
Michigan Center for Civic Education, Attn: Mock Trial Clinic, 306 Townsend Street, Lansing, MI 48933
Student teams must be accompanied by a school authorized adult.
Looking forward to learning together!