Updated: April 9, 2021

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.

Annual Report  |  Budget  |  Bylaws 

Join Now


Shape Your Section for the Future: Apply Today to Become a Section Leader

Application Deadline is April 16, 2021

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications:

  • Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • Secretary/Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • At-Large Member: three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.

To learn more about roles and expectations for serving on the section executive committee, review a volunteer position description to review a volunteer position description. This volunteer position description provides a general overview of section executive committee positions and may differ for each section.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be a current section member and should be eligible to vote in accordance with the section’s bylaws.

Application Process: Complete the online application for open executive committee positions. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a statement of interest with your application. This document can be uploaded with your online application (PDF format only). Please be advised that application materials may be posted on this website for public viewing.

Nomination Process: Nominating committee reviews applications and forwards them to the Executive Committee with recommendations.

Alternate Nomination Process: A section member may self-nominate or nominate another section member by emailing the Executive Committee and indicating the intent to nominate, with any accompanying required materials. 

Elections Process: All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2021. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

For more information about the Section, its executive committee roles, and elections process, please review the Section’s bylaws. You may also contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.

WEBINAR! The Right to Health: A Report to the UN Human Rights Council on How Financing Affects the Right to Health Care in the US

Monday, April 26, 12–1 p.m.

Developed in partnership with the WSBA World Peace Through Law Section

  • International standards relating to the right to health and financing of healthcare
  • UNHRC review and process for public participation
  • Shadow report to the UNHRC on how financing affects the right to health in the US


Martha Schmidt of Bothell

Listen In: LGBTQ+ and Race: Identities and Intersections

Hosted by the World Peace through Law Section of the WSBA

The World Peace through Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association is continuing its "Listen In" series focusing on issues which intersect with race. This session focused on LGBTQ and Race. Listen to our panel discuss the intersection of these identities.

This recording was made on March 25, 2021, and will be available here for approximately three months after that date.

Video link

Access Passcode: qj^nhiT1

Moderator: Brent Williams-Ruth, WSBA Governor, District 8

Panelists: Serena Freewomyn, Frankie Rojas, Joel Gemino, Kenrick Ross, and Charlotte Ishida

Listen In: Environmental Racism

Hosted by the World Peace through Law Section of the WSBA

What is environmental racism? How do decisions regarding the environment disproportionately impact minority people? This panel will examine these issues in different contexts. 

This recording was made on Jan. 27, 2021, and will be available here for approximately three months after that date. 

Video Link

Access Passcode: @Ih!8.^z

Moderator: Camille McDorman (Executive Comm. WPTL)

Panelists: Nykeeba Brown, Prayank Jain, and Jordan Lesser

Working Group on Prison Book Bans

The WPTL has started a working group on book bans in prisons. The working group hopes to look into the matter and find existing gaps and then create solutions to those gaps. All work is pro bono. Please contact Chair Elect Anne Watanabe.

Executive Committee

(Terms ending Sept. 30, 2021)

ChairAnne Joyce Watanabe

Chair Elect:  Hildja Saas

Secretary/Treasurer: Vanessa Hunsberger

Immediate Past Chair: Regina Paulose 

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Sara Jane Anderson


(Three-year term unless otherwise noted)

Position 1Randall Winn (2019-2022)

Position 2: Camille McDorman (2018-2021)

Position 3Dwight VanWinkle (2020-2023)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Brent WIlliams-Ruth

*Nonvoting member


The Executive Committee of the World Peace Through Law Sections holds hour-long Zoom meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m.

Please contact committee member for further details about upcoming meetings.

Visit Our LinkedIn Group

LinkedIn members are invited to visit the World Peace Through Law Section's LinkedIn group page.

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.