Updated: Aug. 4, 2022

International Practice Section

The International Practice 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, aerospace, taxation, intellectual property, financing, services, trade regulation, exports and imports, transnational contracts, travel, and international dispute resolution. 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.

The Section provides benefits to members by engaging in CLE's and related educational activities. The Section develops contacts and communicates with WSBA members, foreign lawyers, scholars, law students, and the public through the section listserv, email and other means. The Section fosters mentorship through its mentorship program, which pairs members with law students and foreign lawyers.  The Section also initiates, sponsors, and promotes within the WSBA, court rules and legislation regarding international practice issues as appropriate, and serves as a representative of the WSBA, subject to appropriate authorization, on international practice issues.

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Congratulations, Incoming Executive Committee Members!

Below are the results of the International Practice Section Executive Committee election. Thank you for voting! 

For more information about the Section and its executive committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws. Winners are listed alphabetically by position. 

Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Lawrence Ward 

Secretary/Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Michael Harris 

Communication Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Frederic Rocafort 

At-Large Member (three positions open): three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2025.

     McKenzie Legg

     Hansi Men 

     Margaret Moody 

Questions? Contact 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.

Events

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.

CLEs

Over the years, the section has put on many excellent 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 for upcoming CLEs. Please see the right column for the upcoming CLE/event. 

Recordings of past CLEs (available for viewing only and not accredited for CLE credit) and list of IPS CLEs (from 2019)

Mentorship Program

Our Mentor Program pairs local lawyers whose practices involve international law with foreign lawyers and law students who are studying for a J.D. or L.L.M., or are visiting scholars at the University of Washington, Seattle University, or Gonzaga University law schools. In addition to fostering business relationships and networking opportunities, the program affords local practitioners, foreign lawyers and law students the opportunity to learn about legal practice in each other’s home countries and practice areas.

Mentorship Program Guidelines

Sponsorship

Since 2007, the International Practice Section has been honored to feature sponsorship from various industries.  Sponsorship provides a plethora of benefits to sponsors.  Sponsorship permits the IPS to continue to provide exceptional benefits to our members. If you are interested in becoming an IPS sponsor, please contact the section chair.  

Additional Program Information

Huneke Fellowship

The Huneke Fellowship is an annual program administered by the International Practice Section.  The Fellowship is designed to provide real-world experience, networking opportunities, and modest financial assistance for a law student interested in the international practice of law.  Each year one Huneke Fellowship, which includes a $1,000 stipend, is awarded to a current 1L or 2L student.  Any current 1L or 2L attending law school in the state of Washington (i.e., at the University of Washington, Seattle University, or Gonzaga University) is eligible for the Huneke Fellowship. 

More information

Past Huneke Fellows


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 Chair: vacant (2021-2022) 

Young Lawyer Liaison*Brittany Fayette (2020-2022) 

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

Members:
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) 

Huneke Fellow*: Abby Jiang, University of Washington School of Law (3L) (2021-2022)

*Nonvoting member

Meetings

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 LinkedIn Group

Please join the WSBA International Practice Section LinkedIn group page and check our recent activities.

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.