Updated: April 27, 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 CLEs 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, website, 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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Shape Your Section for the Future: Apply Today to Become a Section Leader

Applications open on March 14, 2022, and close at 5 p.m. April 15, 2022.

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications. All terms begin Oct. 1, 2022.

  • Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Secretary/Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Communication Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • At-Large Member (three positions open): three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2025.

To learn more about roles and expectations for serving on the section executive committee, review this volunteer position description, which provides a general overview of section executive committee positions—these 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

Go to the myWSBA portal to 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.

Note: If you are applying for more than one position on this or multiple sections’ committees, you must complete and submit all applications at the same time, as you will not be allowed back into the portal at a later time. Please make sure you are completing the applications within the application window for all of the relevant sections.

Nomination Process

The Chair, with the approval of the executive committee, shall annually appoint a nominating committee of not less than three (3) members of the Section, at least one of whom shall not be a current member of the executive committee. Such committee shall make and report nominations for proposed officers and members of the executive committee to succeed the members whose terms will next expire. A member may be re-nominated to the executive committee. The nominating committee shall also propose to fill vacancies existing for any unexpired terms. The executive committee will approve a list of nominees for each open position. All nominees must be voting members of the Section.

Alternate Nomination Process

As an alternate method, any member may nominate themselves for a vacant position, so long as they receive the written endorsement of five (5) members of the Section. All candidates will apply through an electronic process administered by the WSBA.

Elections Process

All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2022. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

Questions? 
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.

 


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 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 email for notification and sign up early, because space is limited.

Informative Session: The Rapidly Developing Vietnamese Legal System

Thanks for the great turnout at our Feb. 25, 2021, online mini-CLE on the rapidly-developing Vietnamese legal system. And a special thanks to our guest speakers Esko Cate (a Section member) and his colleague Nguyen Ngan, both of Vietnam International Law Firm in Ho Chi Minh. For those who could not attend this interesting seminar, you can access a recording on demand here (unaccredited) for one year.

Legal Practice in Vietnam Presentation

The Global Gavel

Our big-picture goal with our website, The Global Gavel, 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.

IPS Listserv

Our listserv is a great way to receive important dates and information on upcoming events and CLEs!  It is also a wonderful resource to ask questions, discuss ideas and seek assistance from colleagues.  Please join us today from HERE to receive our news and great information! 


Committees

Blawg

The Global Gavel

Law Students/Young Lawyers

Doing Business in Washington

Foreign Lawyers

CLE Programs

International Outreach


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 ChairSara Xia (2021-2022) 

Young Lawyer Liaison*Brittany Fayette (2020-2022) 

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

Members:
Francisco Olmedo (2019-2022)
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) 

*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 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.