Updated: March 24, 2020

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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Apply to Serve on the Section Executive Committee

The nomination period is March 2–April 7, 2020.

Review the Volunteer Position Description, which provides a general overview of section executive committee officer positions and may differ for some sections. For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section’s bylaws. Voting will begin in May 2020.

The following positions are open for applications. All terms begin Oct. 1, 2020.

  • Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021
  • Secretary/Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021
  • Communications Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021
  • At-Large Member (four positions open): three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2023

Apply online through your myWSBA profile. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a statement of interest to be included with your application. These documents can be uploaded with your online application (PDF format only).

Alternative Nomination Process

Section members may self-nominate by submitting the endorsement of five section members.


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 one 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 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 eic@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..



E-Newsletter, The Global Gavel

Law Students/Young Lawyers

Doing Business in Washington

Foreign Lawyers

CLE Programs

International Outreach

Executive Committee

ChairHolly Vance

Chair-Elect: Leonid Kisselev

Secretary/TreasurerMonica Sham

Immediate Past ChairMatthew Dresden

Communications ChairEriko "Elly" Baxter

Young Lawyer LiaisonBrittany Fayette*

Board of Governors LiaisonMichael Cherry*

Carly Chan (2016-2019)
Francisco Olmedo (2016-2019)
Joe Stockton (2017-2019)
Megan Fouty Lutes (2017-2020)
Chris Pothering (2017-2020)
Prof. Dana Raigrodski (2017-2020)
Larry Ward (2017-2020)
Linda Chu (2018-2021)
QingQing Miao (2018-2021)
Jenny Salomon (2018-2021)

*Non-voting member


The Executive Committee of the International Practice Section holds monthly meetings. Some are held in person, others take place by telephone conference. All meetings have call-in participation. Attendees may dial 877-320-5879 and use the conference ID: 437673.

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, Holly Vance.