Creative Child Magazine, for the third year in a row, has chosen Lawsuit! as its game of the year. According to the website for the game:
is a fun and educational game for adults and children ages 6 and up. Players experience and learn about the law in a fun way as they make their way through law school, past the bar exam and into their own law practice and the courtroom. It’s a game for the whole family, and friends too!
It puts a fun spin on the law while teaching players legal jargon, tactics, and what it takes to run a practice. The board game is both fun and educational. It can accommodate between 2 to 6 players at a time, and is suitable for ages 8 and up.
Strategic decisions involved in playing the game include whether to settle, litigate, or appeal a court’s verdict; whether to remain in sole practice or “buy into” a law partnership; and when to end the game by reaching the final square, where “Attorney of the Year” is determined.
The game is played as follows: The gameboard is divided into 62 spaces. Players proceed through law school; the nitty gritty of running a law practice (hiring a secretary, paying office rent); and the ups and downs of bringing a case (preparing papers for court, going to trial). Players also land on spaces, where they are directed to pick cards describing all sorts of whimsical, family friendly, case scenarios. When a card is chosen, a player must decide whether to accept the result or appeal it. On an appeal, a player may double or even triple his award — or lose some or even all of it. Instead of advancing when it’s their turn, players may also choose to settle a case by drawing a SETTLEMENT card. Like appealing, settling a case can result in gaining — or losing — part or all of one’s recovery. Players may also double the stakes by "buying in" to a partnership. All awards "and costs" are doubled for partners. Whether or not to become a partner is therefore a key strategic decision, and adds to the suspense and intrigue, as everyone wonders whether it will pay to have become one.
While I acknowledge that the practice of law is no game, the website was fun and the game seems fascinating. For attorneys with smaller children who are curious about what Daddy or Mommy do for a living, it looks like a fun introduction that the whole family can participate in. The website also invites the visitor to create his/her own game cards. The game was created by Tina Eskreis Nelson, attorney and mom, as a Father’s Day gift to her husband, also an attorney. The game was a hit with their kids and their friends; they decided to mass-produce it, obtained copyrights and a patent and the rest is history.
For further information, go to the game’s website and have some fun for a change. Maybe I’ll talk to Tina and we can create the Lawsuit Funding game. Cash strapped litigants with solid cases and terrific InjuryBoard lawyers seek creative ways to pay their bills, avoid bankruptcy and foreclosure, while trying to stay the course in their lawsuits….hmmm!
Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series. Mark Bello is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.