Updated: March 19, 2018

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.

Annual Report
Info Sheet

Become a Section Leader: Nomination Application for Section Executive Committee Positions Open Now!

WSBA Sections provide professional development, education and community through CLEs, events, newsletters, list serve forums and active involvement with the state legislature. Each Section is run by a group of volunteers who are elected to serve on the Executive Committee.  Many find leading a Section to be a rewarding experience because of the leadership growth, professional development, firsthand experience with the legislative process, and the collegiality it offers. Executive Committee discussions are productive and challenging, offering a unique opportunity to work with other legal professionals (even opposing counsel) in a goal-orientated setting that benefits WSBA members and the greater legal community.

The International Practice Section is seeking to fill positions on the Section Executive Committee. If interested, please review the below information and log-in to your MyWSBA profile, select My Profile, and finally select ‘Apply for a Section Executive Committee’ to complete the nomination application. A candidate statement and/or resume may be requested on the application.

Application Information
Nomination Applications Open: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Nomination Application Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2018

Current International Practice Section members that are Active, Judicial, Emeritus, House Counsel, Professors, or Military Lawyers may apply to serve on the Section Executive Committee

Open Positions & Terms
For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section’s bylaws.

  • Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Secretary/Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Communications Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
  • At-Large Member (3 open positions): three-year term beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2021.  

Alternate Nomination Process
Per WSBA Bylaws, Sections also have alternate nominations processes, should you miss the deadline to apply online. For the International Practice Section, any eligible member may nominate themselves for a vacant position, so long as they receive the written endorsement of five (5) members of the Section.

Election Information
Section Executive Committee elections will begin on or around May 1, 2018, and be conducted electronically.

Questions? Want to Learn More?
Feel free to contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.

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 Section has continued to grow in numbers and events and currently we have three yearly events that are open to all section members.

  • Visiting lawyers' reception. This is an excellent event that pairs visiting lawyers attending programs at local universities with local lawyers. The attorneys meet at a reception hosted by a section law firm. This event is usually held in late October.
  • Law student reception. This is an outreach event held for all students interested in international practice. This event provides law students the opportunity to meet with practicing attorneys and to join and become active in the section while still in school.
  • Annual meeting. The annual meeting is open to all section members and is held mid-summer. At this meeting, board members are nominated and elected, yearly business is conducted, and members mingle, network, and reconnect.


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 1 CLE credit is approved and, best of all, it is free to Section members. Watch your e-mail for notification and sign up early, because space is limited. 

The Global Gavel E-Newsletter and Website Blog

Our big-picture goal with the online e-newsletter and website 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 website (a link to this site is located on this webpage) and visit it frequently for the latest section updates that take place in between the quarterly e-newsletter editions. 


Got a job posting/work study position 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 eic@globalgavelnews.org. (Note that the International Practice Section of the WSBA does not, in any manner whatsoever, make any representations or affirmations as to these individuals' credentials, abilities, or legal right to accept employment in the U.S.).


  • Blawg
  • E-Newsletter, The Global Gavel
  • Law Students/Young Lawyers
  • Doing Business in Washington
  • Foreign Lawyers
  • CLE Programs
  • International Outreach

Executive Committee

Chair:  Matthew Dresden
Chair-Elect: Holly Vance
Secretary/TreasurerLeonid Kisselev
Immediate Past Chair:  Bernard Shen
Communications ChairEriko "Elly" Baxter
Young Lawyer LiaisonMonica Sham*
BOG LiaisonPaul Swegle*

Committee Members

Prof. Dana Raigrodski (2017-2020)
Megan Fouty Lutes (2017-2020)
Larry Ward (2017-2020)
Chris Pothering (2017-2020)
Joe Stockton (2017-2020)
QingQing Miao (2017-2020)
Joaquin Hernandez (2015-2018)
Linda Chu (2015-2018)
Francisco Olmedo (2016-2019)
Carly Chan (2016-2019)

*Non-voting member

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

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, Matthew Dresden.