Volunteer docents needed for Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center

Volunteers need enthusiasm, love of learning, and commitment — but no legal experience — to serve as docents for the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center.

The next training sessions begin Oct. 31; volunteers are encouraged to submit applications by Oct. 22 to allow time for application review and screening.

The Learning Center needs docents to guide school groups and other visitors through the 3,800 square foot education center, located on the first floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice. Responsibilities include demonstrating interactive computer games and other hands-on activities at the center, including a virtual courtroom. Other duties include working behind the scenes on workshops and special programs.

Volunteers attend a series of three-hour orientation sessions and commit to a minimum of eight hours per month; some positions have additional time and training commitments.

The volunteer orientation sessions starting Oct. 31 will be offered on five consecutive Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Classes will include information about the Michigan judicial system, the Learning Center exhibits, and tips for giving great tours.

For an application, visit www.courts.michigan.gov/education/learning-center/pages/volunteer.aspx or call (517) 373- 5027. Interviews and background checks are required for all applicants.

The Learning Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours last one hour and are available on a walk-in basis, although groups of 10 or more are asked to schedule tours in advance.

For more information, visit the Learning Center web site at www.courts.michigan.gov/education/learning-center/pages/default.aspx.

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