Updated: Jan. 3, 2022

International Practice Section

The International Practice Section was founded in 1984. This section has a broad focus that includes not only the study of current developments in the field of international law but also immigration law, international transactional work, and international litigation or arbitration. Members represent a wide variety of backgrounds and practices, including full-time and part-time practitioners, government, business, foreign lawyers, academia, internationally focused law students, and those simply intellectually interested. Member benefits include a quarterly e-newsletter, monthly mini-CLEs free for members, and annual receptions for both foreign lawyers and law students.

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Member Benefits

Membership of the International Practice Section continues to grow. The cost of membership is small compared to the benefits of membership.

Benefits include, but are not limited to, informative e-newsletters, meetings with other individuals interested in this area, presentations by speakers with excellent, timely information, and receptions for lawyers and law students. The benefits of membership are outlined in more detail immediately below.


The International Practice Section has continued to grow in numbers and events and currently we have two annual events that are open to all section members.

  • Spring Event. We host an event in April or May with a CLE program, which consists of multiple speakers who have extensive international legal expertise. The reception follows, at which IPS members mingle, network, and reconnect.
  • Annual Meeting. The annual meeting is open to all section members and is traditionally held in late September. At this meeting, yearly business is conducted. The reception also serves as the kick-off for our Mentorship Program, which pairs JD and LLM students, many of whom are foreign lawyers, with local attorneys.


Over the years, the section has put on many excellent full and half day CLEs. Currently, the Section hosts monthly mid-day CLEs. The speakers are excellent, the topics are lively, usually one CLE credit is approved and, best of all, it is free to section members. Watch your email for notification and sign up early, because space is limited.

Informative Session: The Rapidly Developing Vietnamese Legal System

Thanks for the great turnout at our Feb. 25, 2021, online mini-CLE on the rapidly-developing Vietnamese legal system. And a special thanks to our guest speakers Esko Cate (a Section member) and his colleague Nguyen Ngan, both of Vietnam International Law Firm in Ho Chi Minh. For those who could not attend this interesting seminar, you can access a recording on demand here (unaccredited) for one year.

Legal Practice in Vietnam Presentation

The Global Gavel E-Newsletter and Blog

Our big-picture goal with The Global Gavel e-newsletter and blog is to bring us together as a section and to provide another communication resource to help us build better practices and relationships. Don't forget to bookmark our section news webpage on The Global Gavel and visit it frequently for the latest section updates that take place in between the quarterly e-newsletter editions.


Got a job posting or work study opportunity for a law student? Want to hire a junior attorney for an entry-level associate position? Looking for a senior attorney with a book of business and partnership potential? Contact the editor-in-chief of The Global Gavel at webadmin@globalgavelnews.org.

Note: The International Practice Section of the WSBA makes no representations or affirmations whatsoever as to these individuals' credentials, abilities, or legal right to accept employment in the U.S.



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CLE Programs

International Outreach

Executive Committee

Chair: Eriko "Elly" Baxter (2021-2022) 

Chair-ElectMonica Sham (2021-2022) 

Secretary/TreasurerMichael Harris (2021-2022) 

Immediate Past Chair: Carly Chan (2021-2022) 

Communications ChairSara Xia (2021-2022) 

Young Lawyer Liaison*Brittany Fayette (2020-2022) 

Board of Governors Liaison*: Matthew Dresden (2021-2022) 

Francisco Olmedo (2019-2022)
Ivana Guida ;(2019-2022)
Fred Rocafort (2019-2022)
Robert Richardson (2019-2022)
Prof. Dana Raigrodski (2020-2023)
Larry Ward (2020-2023)
Elena Dzhalazova (2020-2023)
Joelle Hong (2020-2023)
Brittany Fayette (2021-2024) 
David Freeburg (2021-2024) 
Qingqing Miao (2021-2024) 

*Nonvoting member


The Executive Committee of the International Practice Section holds monthly meetings. Meetings are currently being held by video conference only. See event calendar for access information.

Please contact committee members for further details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

Join Our List Serve

To join the section list serve and for general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact the section chair, Eriko "Elly" Baxter.