Updated: April 25, 2019

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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Executive Committee Elections Begin in May

Voting is scheduled to begin May 13, 2019

Candidate Information, Open Positions & Terms

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

All terms begin Oct. 1, 2019. 

Chair-elect: One-year term ending Sept. 30, 2020

Anne Watanabe

Candidate Statement: I am running for the position of Chair-elect of the World Peace Through Law Section. I currently serve as Secretary/Treasurer of our Section, working alongside the dedicated members of the Executive Committee. If elected, I will work closely with the Committee to continue highlighting the legal issues related to international human rights and world affairs that are of interest to members of the Washington Bar. I look forward to helping our Section bring to our members the legal education seminars, forums, and other opportunities for learning and community engagement that make our Section unique. Thank you for considering me for this position.

Treasurer: One-year term ending Sept. 30, 2020

Vanessa Hunsberger

Candidate Statement: In my six months as Young Lawyer Liaison to the World Peace Through Law (WPTL) Section, I have familiarized myself with the Section’s priorities and learned its administrative processes. In addition, I have collaborated with my fellow Executive Committee members and dedicated time to generating programming ideas that serve the members of the WPTL Section. I have greatly enjoyed my involvement with the Section and would therefore be delighted to serve on the Executive Committee as the 2019-2020 Secretary/Treasurer. Having participated in monthly Executive Committee meetings since September 2018, I would not have any difficulty in taking meeting minutes for the Committee’s review and approval going forward. My background in the management of grant-funded programs, the largest of which was $21 million, would also serve me well in reviewing the Section’s expenses and ensuring the Section’s compliance with Washington State Bar Association fiscal policies. It would be a pleasure to continue serving the WPTL Section and contributing to programs that educate the Bar about human rights issues. Having put on one successful event geared towards raising awareness among law students about the Section’s activities, I am motivated to continue contributing to the Section’s excellent and diverse programming. I am a detail-oriented and thorough person and believe these skills will allow me to perform the role of Secretary/Treasurer well.

At-Large Member: Three-year term ending Sept. 30, 2022

Arthur Duncan

Candidate Statement: I practice law in both Oregon and Washington, with my office located in Portland. I obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southwest Missouri State University (n/k/a Missouri State University) where I founded the campus chapter of Amnesty International. I then obtained a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and began practicing law in Missouri and Kansas for a number of years. I served on the boards of both Big Brother Big Sisters of the Ozarks and the Southwest Missouri chapter of NAMI. I also served as payee for adults with developmental disabilities through St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City. I worked as, first, a staff attorney, and then, managing attorney of the juvenile court unit for Legal Services, representing parents whose children had been removed by the State and placed into foster care. More recently I had a solo practice where I emphasized the representation of indigent criminal case defendants in both state and federal courts, while I also represented foster children as a court-appointed guardian ad litem. I have been a staunch advocate for the poor and other marginalized communities and their right to be fairly and adequately represented in legal proceedings, with every possible means of access. It is my belief that equal access to the law promotes, and can indeed achieve, human rights. I have worked with drug courts, clients with substance abuse issues, domestic violence and mental health issues, and I understand how critical rehabilitative services are to achieving peace, at not only the individual level, but within the much larger context of families and communities. I would appreciate the opportunity of serving this Section as an at-large member and the opportunity to, not only learn from others, but to offer what experience and thoughts I have on issues affecting human rights, especially as they impact: individuals and families in poverty, the imminent effects of climate change, voting suppression issues, and other matters which impact and/or may bring about peace through law.

All applicants will be included on the election ballot.

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

Past Events

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

On March 8, 2019, 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.

Presenter 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, 2019)

Chair: Anna "Mickey" Moritz 

Chair-Elect: Regina Paulose

Secretary & Treasurer: Anne Joyce Watanabe

Immediate-Past ChairRandy Winn

Young Lawyer LiaisonVanessa Hunsberger


(Three-year term unless otherwise noted)

Position 1Chalia Stallings-Ala'ilima (2017–2019)

Position 2: Camille McDorman (2018-2021)

Position 3Vacant

Board of Governors Liaison: Bill Pickett*

*Non-voting member


The Executive Committee of the World Peace Through Law Sections holds hour-long telephonic meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. Attendees may participate by dialing 866-577-9294 and entering the passcode: 5016526#. 

Please contact committee member for further details about upcoming meetings.

Join Our List Serve

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.