2015 Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament
Presented with the Michigan Center for Civic Education
This year, the tournament is scheduled to run on:
- February 28, 2015, in Ann Arbor at the Washtenaw County Trial Courthouse
- March 7, 2015, in Mt. Clemens (at the Macomb County Circuit Courthouse) and in Grand Rapids (at the Kent County Circuit Courthouse)
- March 14, 2015 in Pontiac at the Oakland County Circuit Courthouse
- March 28, 2015, in Lansing at the Veteran's Memorial Courthouse
The Michigan Center for Civic Education is once again seeking volunteers to assist with the annual Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament. The Center currently needs attorneys to volunteer as Judges and law students, legal assistants and other legal professionals to serve as Court Officers in Ann Arbor (February 28), Grand Rapids (March 7), Pontiac (March 14), and Lansing (March 28).
For each of these events and locations, we need as many volunteers as we can get. If you are interested in helping, please fill out the volunteer form.
The Macomb Regional is currently full. For more information, please contact Jeffrey May at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's case is a civil case involving a high-school student's right to privacy when using a school-provided laptop computer: Western High School approached Lakeshore Computers with a proposed plan to provide all Western High students with personal laptop computers. With approval of the PTA and the School Board, the program launched with the 2011-2012 school year. At the beginning of the year, Lakeshore and Western HS held information sessions for students and parents in which they discussed the positive aspects of the new program along with some general rules and insurance guidelines. Jami Smith, a Western High senior, turned 18 at the beginning of the 2011-2012 year, so when the new laptop program started, s/he signed the applicable contract on his/her own. As the year progressed, Jami and his/her friends became suspicious that the school was spying on them using the laptops' webcams, so they created a plan to put their suspicions to the test. Their plan worked, and when they discovered that the school, Lakeshore, and CoolTech, Inc. (a Lakeshore subsidiary) had been capturing images from students' webcams and taking remote screenshots of their laptops, Jami filed his/her lawsuit.
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