It’s really a case of East meets West and ancient meets modern, when an Open World, Rule of Law judicial delegation from Mongolia experiences an American model of justice in Las Vegas. The judges will be visiting from the ancient country situated between China and Russia to sit in on cases at the Eighth Judicial District Court civil and criminal divisions, tour the Family division and visit the Lloyd D. George U.S. Federal Courthouse. They will also hear from the professionals who make the justice system work. The delegation will be officially welcomed to Las Vegas on Monday, July 27 at 8:30 a.m. at the Lloyd D. George Courthouse (courtroom 6B), 333 Las Vegas Blvd.

On Wednesday, July 29, at 8:15 a.m., the visiting judges will see how the Eighth Judicial District Court handles civil and criminal cases at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. They will be presented ceremonial gavels before they see how District Court judges use technology to manage busy caseloads and dispense justice fairly and efficiently. On Thursday, July 30, at 9 a.m., the delegation will visit the Family Court at 601 N. Pecos Road. They will also tour Opportunity Village to see how they have become one of Southern Nevada’s most effective non-profits.

Open World is an exchange and partnership program designed to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation between Eurasian and American leaders. It builds the groundwork for such cooperation by bringing emerging Eurasian civic, judicial and political leaders to the United States to work with their American counterparts during 10-day professional visits. It is administered by the Open World Leadership Center, an agency of the U.S. Congress. This trip is sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Southern Nevada. The delegation will be led by Senior United States District Court Judge Lloyd D. George in cooperation with the Eighth Judicial District Court, the U.S. Marshals and the Nevada Bar Association on a rigorous schedule that will provide an inside look at how the wheels of justice turn.

“I expect this to be a particularly interesting exchange with the Mongolian judges. There is such a striking contrast between our two nations,” said Judge George. “An outstanding program that is intended to foster mutual understanding between our nations and further the rule of law has been put together for this Open World delegation.”

The Mongolian judges will hear from representatives of the United States Attorney, Federal Public Defender, Nevada Supreme Court, District Attorney, Public Defender’s offices and the Attorney General’s office and will visit the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and  the Fennemore Craig law firm. They will be hosted for lunches by the Fremont and the Las Vegas Rotary Clubs. They will also get a snapshot of what Las Vegas has to offer when they shop; take in a show, the Fremont Street Experience, the MOB museum and a few hosted dinners in family settings at the homes of locals.

“It’s an honor for the Eighth Judicial District Court to participate in the Open World program,” said District Court Chief Judge David Barker. “Our court has made great strides in using technology to advance access to justice. This is an opportunity to share what we’ve learned and hear what insight these judges bring.”

“The Open World program demonstrates that regardless of what country you are from, we have a lot more similarities than we have differences,” said Karen Whisenhunt. Open World, Rule of Law chair for the Rotary Clubs of Southern Nevada and past-president of the Las Vegas Rotary Club. Rotary is a worldwide service organization that has many programs and international projects promoting world peace and understanding.