Four judges and a facilitator traveled more than 6,000 miles from Mongolia to Las Vegas to see the American justice system in action. They took copious notes and asked many informed questions to really learn what works in American courts so that they could take it back to their young and developing democracy. The Southern Nevada Rotary Clubs sponsored the Open World Judicial delegation as part of an exchange program designed to enhance mutual understanding between nations and promote world peace.

The delegation was 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.

The visiting judges toured the Civil/Criminal and Family divisions of District Court to watch a calendar in motion, learn how family law is handled and get insight on what is being done to rehabilitate juvenile offenders. A lot of questions were asked and the delegation had a significant interest regarding guilty plea agreements (something that they do not yet practice). The delegation visited Opportunity Village to see one of Southern Nevada’s most effective non-profits. Las Vegas Review Journal brass sat down with the delegation for a roundtable with candid discussion on the justice system.

During their visit, the Mongolian judges heard 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, visited the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and the Fennemore Craig law firm. The Fremont and the Las Vegas Rotary Clubs made the delegation feel welcome and offered snapshot of American families and what Las Vegas has to offer.

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.