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Court Community Connections Program

For additional community initiatives, visit the Community Outreach page using this link.


Wo​uld your court like to host a Court Community Connections event? If so, send an e-mail to: SeaksL@courts.mi.gov​.

Court in Session in Kalamazoo 

While the Supreme Court normally hears oral argument at the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing, Supreme Court justices and staff are traveling to various communities as part of "Court Community Connections," which the Supreme Court started in 2007 as a public education program aimed principally at high school students. The goal is to help students understand the appellate courts and Michigan's judicial system.

For additional information, contact the Public Information Office at
517-373-0129 or 517-373-10​67.

 

To prepare for oral argument, students meet with local attorneys, who discuss the case that the Court will hear. After the argument, students participate in a debriefing session with the attorneys who argued the case.

 


History of the Court Community Connections Program

 

Date

Location

September 2007

Lapeer County Courthouse, Lapeer

May 2008

Barry County Courthouse, Hastings

October 2008

Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw

May 2009

St. Joseph County Courthouse, Centreville

October 2009

Cooley Law School, Auburn Hills

April 2010

Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor

October 2010

Siena Heights University, Adrian

May 2011

The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, Dearborn

October 2011

Tuscola County Tech Center, Caro

May 2012

Calhoun County Building, Marshall

October 2012

Gerald Ford Museum, Grand Rapids

April 2013

Midland Center for the Arts, Midland

October 2013

Big Rapids High School, Big Rapids

April 2014

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

October 2014

Macomb County Community College, Clinton Twp.

April 2015

Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor

October 2015

Paw Paw Performing Arts Center, Paw Paw

April 2016

Jenison Center for the Arts, Jenison

October 2016

River Rouge High School, River Rouge

April 2017

Petoskey High School, Petoskey

October 2017

Cass Tech, Detroit

April 2018

Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie

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The following materials and information are designed to prepared students who will be attending the Supreme Court's oral argument during its Community Connections Program.  Students should focus on the specific case they will hear, as well as information about the state's judicial system.

 
The Justices of the Supreme Court appreciate the efforts and respect your professionalism, cooperation, commitment to education, and willingness to sustain and strengthen the rule of law.

 
Objectives of the Michigan Supreme Court Community Connections Program

Students will:
1.  With the assistance of an attorney educator, analyze a case presented to the Michigan Supreme Court.
2.  Examine the background of the Michigan Supreme Court justices.
3.  Study the structure of Michigan's judicial system.
4.  Examine the role of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government in making, interpreting, and
     enforcing laws.
5.  Analyze the roles of the attorneys and justices during the proceedings.
6.  Debrief the case with the assistance of a moderator and attorneys who argued before the Court.

 
Community Connections Program Guide
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