Carolina Center for Civic Education
The Carolina Center for Civic Education was created in 2003 by the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (now the North Carolina Advocates for Justice) to organize and host the National High School Mock Trial Championship competition in Charlotte in 2005.
The CCCE is now a separate nonprofit corporation that operates the only statewide high school mock trial program in North Carolina. While the NCAJ is our major sponsor, the CCCE also seeks financial partners and grants to help sustain and build the program for years to come. As additional funding is obtained, the CCCE implements its vision to expand the mock trial program to under-served areas of the state, offer mock trial camps for high school students, and devise additional means of providing civic and legal education to students across the state.
The CCCE is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations to the CCCE to support the mock trial program are tax-deductible. To partner with us, please go to https://ncmocktrial.org/get-involved/donate
CCCE Mission Statement
The Carolina Center for Civic Education believes that teaching high school students about our justice system and trial-by-jury is crucial to preserving our rights as citizens. Our mission is to create engaged citizens through the hands-on learning activity of mock trial, thereby enabling students to gain the civic understanding, self-confidence, analytical reasoning, and communications skills that are vital for tomorrow’s leaders.
CCCE Board of Directors:
The CCCE Board is made up of attorneys living in small towns and large cities across North Carolina. All trial attorneys, these volunteers devote countless hours each year to providing this outstanding educational opportunity to students statewide.
M. Gordon Widenhouse, Jr.: President
Rebecca Britton: Vice President/Treasurer
Rich Manger: Secretary
Ex officio members:
Bill Powers: NCAJ President
David Henson: NCAJ Communications VP
CCCE State Coordinator:
Full-time staffer Susan (Sue) H. Johnson, MPH, oversees and operates the statewide program, ensuring that the vision of the CCCE Board is achieved. Sue interfaces with teachers, students, and legal professionals across North Carolina.
NCAJ High School Mock Trial Committee:
The Mock Trial Committee consists of volunteer attorneys and paralegals who organize our regional competitions, interfacing with volunteers and ensuring that the teams can showcase their skills and have fun in the process.
- John Anderson, Jr.
- Wilmington Regional Coordinator
- Emily Applewhite
- Salisbury Site Coordinator
- Liz Barber & Robert Jessup
- Pittsboro Regional Coordinators
- Rebecca Britton
- Fayetteville Regional Coordinator
- Jessi Cannon
- Greenville Site Coordinator
- Patti Clapper & Lakisha Chichester
- Pittsboro Site Coordinators
- Holden Clark & Daniel O’Shea
- Gastonia Regional Coordinators
- Philip Entzminger & Jeffrey Cannon
- Greenville Regional Coordinator
- Jane Goeke & Rose Pratt
- High Point Site Coordinators
- Darrin Jordan
- Salisbury Regional Coordinator
- Michelle Keely & Sandra Strickland
- Raleigh Site Coordinators
- Beverly King Moore
- Gastonia Site Coordinator
- Karen Kueny & Tanja Shurling
- Fayetteville Site Coordinators
- Brandy Jo Lea
- Wilmington Site Coordinator
- Rich Manger
- High Point Regional Coordinator
- Mark Melrose
- Asheville Regional Coordinator
- Brett Pinkston
- Asheville Site Coordinator
- Christine Scheef & Lindsey Granados
- Raleigh Regional Coordinators