Updated: May 2, 2018

World Peace Through Law Section

The World Peace Through Law Section focuses on international affairs and issues of war, peace, and law. A major benefit for members is the section's stimulating monthly forum series featuring experts addressing a diversity of current world affairs topics. See the section calendar for upcoming events. 

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World Peace Through Law Section Executive Committee Elections to begin in May

Voting is scheduled to begin in early May, 2018

Candidate Information, Open Positions & Terms

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

Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
Candidate 1: Anna "Mickey" Moritz

Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019
Candidate 1: Regina Paulose

Secretary/Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
Candidate: 1 Anne Joyce Watanabe   │ Candidate Statement:
Greetings, fellow members of World Peace Through Law! After  many  years  of  enjoying  the benefits  of WPTL membership, I  now  want to  give  back  by  running  for  the  position  of Secretary/Treasurer. I recently retired (in late 2016) after serving for over 20 years  as Deputy Hearing Examiner for the City of Seattle, where I presided over administrative appeals and civil enforcement actions; I also served as a pro tem magistrate in Seattle Municipal Court.  Every case I heard was a reminder of how the rule of law protects and defines us, whether we are part of a local neighborhood or a nation. My past experience also includes work as a municipal planner and as  a  member  of  the  King County  Board  of  Ethics,  which  I  chaired  for  several  years. I now volunteer my time to help refugees and immigrants - some of whom have fled conflicts in their home countries - by providing citizenship assistance, job training, and teaching English as a second language. If elected, I will work to help our Section provide the engaging seminars and other events that inform and inspire our members.  I would be  honored  to  serve,  and  I  thank  you  for considering my application as Secretary/Treasurer for WPTL.

At-Large Member: three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2021.
Candidate 1: Elie Halpern

Feel free to contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.


Dr. Denis Mukwege and his Fight to End Rape as a Weapon of War

On March 8, the World Peace Through Law section commemorated International Women's Day with a presentation on the work of the Mukwege Foundation, which fights global sexual violence. 

Bio: Marissa Pledger is originally from Denver, Colorado. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in International Relations. Following this, she worked for the United States Peace Corps as a health volunteer in Senegal for two years. She currently works as a trainee for the Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation. She began her work with the foundation about a year ago as an intern. She is also in her final semester at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. With the foundation, she primarily assists with the promotion of Panzi’s holistic model of care for survivors of sexual violence in conflict and the facilitation of the global survivor network/movement. 

Oct. 4, 2016 – Bridging the North-South Divide in International Environmental Law: The Problem of Climate Change CLE Materials: ArticlePowerPoint

Executive Committee

Terms ending Sept. 30, 2018

Chair: Anna "Mickey" Moritz
Chair-Elect: Regina Paulose
Secretary & Treasurer: Elie Halpern
Immediate-Past ChairRandy Winn


Three-year term unless otherwise noted

Position 1Lisa Von Trotha (2017–2018)
Position 2Chalia Stallings-Ala'ilima (2017–2019)
Position 3Samara Hakim (2016–2018)
Board of Governors LiaisonKyle Sciuchetti

*Non-voting member

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

To join the section list serve, request an archived issue of the section newsletter, 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 Mickey Moritz.