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July 03, 2019

LAWV's Princeton Office Hosts Open World Program

On Friday, June 28, the Princeton, WV office of Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) participated in hosting six representatives, including five judges from Mongolia. The judges’ visit came to West Virginia as part of the U.S. Congress-sponsored Open World Program on Judicial Rule of Law, which supports Congressional outreach and relationship development between the U.S. and its international counterparts. 

The Princeton office served as a stop in West Virginia on the judges visit to the U.S., beginning on June 20. Princeton Supervising Attorney Melissa Kahle and staff hosted the visiting judges and staff for a session on how children’s and human rights are safeguarded and provided legal support in West Virginia. 

While in West Virginia, the judges visit on June 28 included the following individuals and groups to learn more about the U.S. legal system: Judge David Faber, Federal Magistrate Omar Aboulhosn, Bluefield City Judge David Kersey, Family Court Judges, Assistant Prosecutors, Judges Derek Swope and William Sadler, Deputy Court Clerk, Jerry Dean (for Judges Patterson and Barringer), WV Supreme Court Justices John Hutchinson and Tim Armstead, Jennifer Bundy, the Public Defender’s Office, and Legal Aid of WV.

The six Open World Program delegates were: Amartuvshin Vanchinsuren, judge in the Dornogovi Province Court; Gantuya Nyamsambuu, judge in the Bayankhongor Province Court; Oyuntsetseg Lkhagvaa, Judge in the Songino-Khairkhan District Court; Oyungerel Oyunbat, Judge in the Adminstrative Court of the Capital City in Ulaanbaatar; Oyuntangalag Sengedorj, Judge in the Criminal and Civil Court of Appeals of Sukhbaatar Province; and their program facilitator, Ideruugan Galbaatar, who is the Alumni Outreach Coordinator at the US Embassy in Mongolia. 

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