A group of five Mongolian judges loved their visit hosted by Clackamas Community College from July 22-29.
Speaking to members of the press through a translator, Oyunbileg Tserenpagam of the First Instance Civil Court of Khan-Uul District said there were screams of delight from the residents of the landlocked country when they got the opportunity to see the vast Pacific Ocean.
"When we first landed in Portland, I just said, 'Wow," because I was so impressed with how beautiful it was," Tserenpagam said.
She added that Mongolia's younger generation is beginning to follow baseball and learning to play, so the delegates were fascinated to attend a Hillsboro Hops game.
The delegates didn't find any new foods they didn't like. While visiting the coast, they ate at Mo's Restaurant and enjoyed its clam chowder and ranch dressing. They said they planned to bring back home with them clothing from local companies, including Columbia Sportswear and Nike, from their visit to the outlet mall in Troutdale on the way to see Multnomah Falls.
Tserenpagam noted they balanced the pleasures of their visit with serious business, including a trip to the Lewis & Clark Law College.
"As lawyers, we hope we've forged a path for future law students in Mongolia to study here," she said.
On July 25, they made a presentation about the Mongolian legal system to federal bar association members. Bataa Bayaraa of the First Instance Criminal Court of Songinokhairkhan District said that Mongolia has a unilateral rather than a federal system. After speaking with members of Rep. Earl Blumenauer's office, he thought that a two-chamber system might bring more stability to Mongolia's parliamentary system of governance.
As previously reported, ("Clackamas to host delation of Mongolian judges," July 19), college staff members opened their homes to the visitors. They had a goodbye party in Lake Oswego on Friday.
"This is a business trip, where you'd typically stay in hotels, but the uniqueness of this program is that we get to stay with host families and see how people live here," Tserenpagam said.