Homeland Security Law Students Participate in Supreme Court Mock Trial

Kate Mortensen, Nancy Mullett, Michael McDaniel,Mike Leffler,Terry White, Mary Mara

WMU-Cooley Law School Homeland and National Security Law students participated in a mock trial at the Michigan Supreme Court on June 2, 2016. Pictured are WMU-Cooley students (left-right) Kate Mortensen and Nancy Mullett, WMU-Cooley professors Michael McDaniel and Mike Leffler, and WMU-Cooley students Terry White and Mary Mara.

On June 2, four WMU-Cooley Law School LL.M. students participated in a mock trial at the Hall of Justice’s Supreme Court courtroom in Lansing, Michigan. The students are studying the practice of homeland and national security law and went before seven Michigan judges. The 90-minute trial was part of the day’s legal training for Michigan judges and court administrators.

“This is believed to be the first event of this type in the U.S.,” said Mike McDaniel, WMU Cooley Law School professor and director of homeland security law programs. “Our students were well-prepared, polished and professional. They added substantially to the quality of the training as the judges could observe, or participate in, how issues like quarantine and involuntary blood draws might play out in their courtrooms.”


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Law students learn alongside Michigan judges and court administrators

Event believed to be the first ever in the United States

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