The Mackinac Center’s Legal Studies Project, launched in June 2005, was designed to address the fact that key court decisions involving the rights of all of Michigan’s citizens are often based on legal briefs that focus narrowly on the interests of the litigants. The Center’s amicus curiae — or “friend of the court” — briefs address that deficiency by providing the courts a broader view of the constitutional, statutory and public policy considerations at issue in such cases.

In addition to providing amicus briefs in important cases, the Legal Studies Project also produces legal analysis and commentary on issues in Michigan and throughout the nation. The project’s goal is to inform the judiciary, policymakers, the media and the public.