Court Community Connections Program
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.
The Court's initial visit was to Lapeer, followed by Hastings in Barry County, Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Centreville in St. Joseph County, Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills, Lake Michigan College in Berrien County, Siena Heights University in Lenawee County, the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, and the Tuscola County Tech Center in Caro. Marshall hosted the Court's visit in May 2012, and Grand Rapids hosted in October 2012 at the Gerald Ford Museum. Midland welcomed the Court in April 2013 at the Midland Center for the Arts, and Mecosta and Osceola counties hosted the Court in Big Rapids in October 2013. Kalamazoo welcomed the Court in April 2014. (See 6:34 video courtesy of Kalamazoo Public Media Network's Education Channel.)
The Court traveled to Macomb County Community College in fall 2014. Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in Washtenaw County hosted the Court spring 2015. Van Buren County welcomed the Court in fall 2015, and Ottawa County hosted the Court in spring 2016 at the Jenison Center for the Arts. River Rouge will host the Court in fall 2016, and Petoskey will host in spring 2017.
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.
Contact the Public Information Office at 517-373-0129 or 517-373-0714 for additional information.