The Risk game, an edu-taining endeavor

Risk, an edu-taining endeavor

In my way-back time-machine, I have to thank a board game for raising my geography quotient at least a little.

It was in marathon games of Risk at the dining room table that I (and the rest of my family, I’m sure) learned much about the world’s nation-states. Sure, there was as much disinformation as there was information in the game, but I do recall my 9-year-old reaction to coming across places like Mongolia, Yakutsk and Kamchatka. “Cool” only begins to describe it.

After that, the countries of northern Asia larger slipped under my radar. But then this year, I’m seeing Mongolia more and more.

Ian Neale

Ian Neale

For instance, Arizona lawyer Ian Neale spoke with me about a variety of nations, including Mongolia. Neale participates in a global program that places experienced lawyers in law schools around the world. One of his posts was Mongolia, which appears to be a place ripe with opportunity.

You can read our April 2012 story about Neale here (and some of his photos are in the slideshow at the bottom).

And then this week, the law school at the University of Arizona announced a new dual-degree program that involves Mongolia:

“The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in Tucson, Arizona and the National University of Mongolia School of Law in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, have created a dual-degree partnership, recently formalized in a memorandum of understanding signed by the two schools.”

“The agreement allows students from the National University of Mongolia School of Law (NUM) to earn both a Mongolian law degree and a J.D. from Arizona Law in two years less than it would take to earn those degrees separately.”

The press release goes on to say that two students from Mongolia are already attending the UA Law School, courtesy of a scholarship from law firm Mahoney Liotta LLC.

University of Arizona Law School logo(Read the complete release here.)

I have to tip my hat to the law school and to Ian Neale. I mean, the game of Risk is great and all, but a decidedly less warlike stance to nations is even more welcome.

What other international locales do you think will be sites of legal opportunity in the next decade?

Looking for some examples of lawyers stepping up to help others? This month’s Arizona Attorney has a few examples.

It’s pretty common for us to hear from lawyers, bar associations and members of the public, wondering why “good-lawyer” stories aren’t more common. That’s surprising to me, because I think lawyers do great and helpful things all the time, for their communities, neighborhoods and organizations.

In our June issue, we offer articles about just three of those lawyers. Each of them contributed time and energy overseas.

I point you to the stories about Ian Neale, Nick Alcock and David Paige.

And the story continues. David Paige has been posting his journal entries from his work in Haiti. We were able to publish excerpts from some of those posts. But he’s been writing since then. Read online (and bookmark) his updates from Leogane.

Do you have other suggestions for stories about lawyers doing good in the community, the state or the world? Contact me at arizona.attorney@azbar.org.