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In the past year, WSBA Sections have sponsored approximately 70 CLE seminars and hosted multiple professional networking events around the state. Various sections offer a plethora of member benefits, including, but not limited to:

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Updated: Jan. 17, 2023

World Peace Through Law Section

The World Peace Through Law Section promotes education on and discussion of law, peace, and human rights. Member benefits include frequent forums and Continuing Legal Education programs dealing with challenging global and human rights issues. The Section engages in additional educational activities with persons and organizations who share an interest in world peace through law.

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Upcoming Webinar: The Aftermath of the Myanmar February 2021 Coup, and Continued Challenges

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In February 2021, the international community looked on as the Myanmar military junta took control of the country, making a mockery of the November 2020 election results and jailing those who belonged to the winning party. Many citizens took to the streets to protest but were the victims of violent force by the junta. The junta also continued ongoing genocides and crimes against humanity which has led to massive refugee movements and starvation. 

Please join the WPTL Section for this colloquium where we host speakers from the various ethnic communities in Burma (Myanmar) to better understand the context of this injustice and to discuss the legal implications involved with the goal of mobilizing international support to stop the subversion of law and gross human rights violations.  As articulated at prior meetings of the Congress of Nations and States this would include the exercise of universal jurisdiction to bring all perpetrators of crimes against the ethnic groups of Burma to justice for international crimes and an increase in support for the continued investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

This meeting will be co-hosted with the Congress of Nations and States and moderated by the Chair of the Burma Summit, Dr. Habib Ullah, member of its Convening Council.

You can learn more about the Burma Summit, taking place in Rochester, New York, and register to attend here:

What: The Aftermath of the Myanmar February 2021 Coup, and Continued Challenges

When: 4:30–6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1,

Where: Zoom Meeting

Credit: No CLE credits are available for this colloquium.

Cost: Free and open to the public. Please share this information with your colleagues.

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Webinar: Welcoming Afghan Refugees: Legal And Practical Issues

Hundreds of Afghan families resettling in our state face legal and practical challenges. How do we welcome them, both as legal professionals and as good neighbors?

Join us as frontline professionals discuss the factual background, applicable law, actions you can take, and your questions.


Aneelah Afzali, American Muslim Empowerment Network at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound

Jorge Barón, Northwest Immigrants' Rights Project

Sarah Peterson, Washington DSHS Office of Refugee & Immigration Assistance

Stephen Poellot, International Refugee Assistance Project

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This video is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (Jan. 27, 2021).

Webinar: Corporate Liability Under the Alien Tort Statute: Developments Under Nestlé v. Doe and Cargill v. Doe

The Alien Tort Statute (ATS) allows federal courts to hear lawsuits filed by foreign nationals for torts committed in violation of international law. The 2021 U.S. Supreme Court cases of Nestlé v. Doe and Cargill v. Doe consider whether suits under the ATS are permissible against these U.S. corporations that allegedly aided and abetted in perpetration of child slavery on cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast. The Court is specifically considering two issues: whether there can be ATS liability against U.S. corporate defendants and whether aiding and abetting liability is permitted under the statute. Please join us for a presentation by Professor Tyler Giannini of Harvard Law School regarding these two cases and their possible impact on ATS-based litigation in the future.


Tyler Giannini, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

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This video is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (Sept. 30, 2021).

Webinar: A Study of Love Jihad in Asia: Interfaith Marriage Laws and Human Rights in India and Other Countries

This seminar covers:

  • A review of India’s recent Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Ordinance and its impact on interfaith marriages
  • Overview of laws prohibiting interfaith marriage in India and other countries
  • Response by NGOs and other human rights organizations


Dr. Garima Tiwari, School of Law, Bennett University, Greater Noida, India

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This video is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (July 19, 2021).

Webinar: Leadership for All: Minority Bar Associations in Washington

This seminar takes a close-up look at two state minority bar associations: the Loren Miller Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association of Washington:

  • What are the roles, best practices, and challenges faced by minority bar associations in Washington?
  • What strategies are effective for leading a smaller minority bar association?
  • What issues should be considered when starting, building, and expanding new projects?
  • What has it been like leading a change in direction during the pandemic?


James Johnson, Emery Reddy PLLC, Seattle

E. Rania Rampersad, President, South Asian Bar Association of Washington

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This video is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (June 14, 2021).

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.

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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.

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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 Immediate Past Chair Anne Watanabe.

Executive Committee

ChairRandall Winn (2022-2023) 

Chair Elect: Laura Eshbach (2022-2023)

Secretary/Treasurer: Vanessa Hunsberger (2022-2023) 

Immediate Past Chair: vacant (2022-2023) 

Young Lawyer Liaison*: vacant

*Nonvoting member

At-large Members: 

Position 1: Gillian Dutton (2022-2025)

Position 2: Bridgett Fisher, interim (2021-2024)

Position 3Dwight VanWinkle (2020-2023)

Board of Governors Liaison*Nam Nguyen (2022-2023) and Brent WIlliams-Ruth (2022-2023) 


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

Please contact committee member for further details about upcoming meetings.

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