Updated: Jan. 23, 2024

Our History and Background

The International Practice Section was founded in 1984. Since its foundation, we strive to provide excellent programs in the field of international practice, international law, immigration law, and any cross border legal matters.

Past Section Chairs │  Past Huneke Fellows

CLE Recordings

Webinar: 'Impacts of the Russian Invasion on the Practice of Law in Ukraine'

Nearly two years after the start of Russia's full-scale invasion, attorneys in Ukraine have faced incredible changes to their daily lives–and the practice of law. Join us for a panel discussion between Ukrainian attorneys, who will share first-hand experiences about their transformation from legal professionals into wartime volunteers. Speakers include constitutional lawyer Mariia Zivert, litigator Nadia Denysiuk, and the Hon. Ivan Mishchenko of Ukrain's Supreme Court, who earned the nickname "Judge Dredd" for his military service on the front lines.

Dave Freeburg, DLA Piper, Seattle, WA

Hon. Ivan Mishchenko, Supreme Court of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
Mariia Zivert, Constitutional and International Lawyer
Nadia Denysiuk, Axon Partners Law Firm, Kyiv, Ukraine

Watch the video. (1 hour)

This video is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (Dec. 7, 2023).

Webinar: 'Cannabis in Brazil: Regulation and Future Opportunities'

An overview of the legal status of cannabis in Brazil and the main upcoming business opportunities for foreign companies.

Rafael Arcuri, Madruga BTW, Brasilia, DF

Watch the video. (1 hour)

This video is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (Oct. 11, 2023).

Webinar: 'Leaving China & Nearshoring to Mexico'

An unfolding series of risks and costs are leading many companies to consider leaving China or reducing their dependency on it. This is particularly true of companies that have their products made in China. Many of these companies are looking to set up manufacturing in Mexico. But leaving China for Mexico has its own risks, as does manufacturing in Mexico. Join Robert Kossick, an international trade lawyer and long-time Mexico hand, as he lays out the challenges of leaving China and the pros/cons of nearshoring to Mexico. Given the increased level of interest and the variable quality of information that surround the issue, this webinar will provide the operational and legal insights needed to objectively assess the undertaking of such a move.

Robert Kossik, Harris Bricken Sliwoski LLP, Seattle

Watch the video. (1 hour)

This video is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (March 23, 2023).

IPS CLEs for the Past Three Years


Dec. 7, 2023: Impacts of the Russian Invasion on the Practice of Law in Ukraine

Oct. 11, 2023: Cannabis in Brazil: Regulation and Future Opportunities


Aug. 24, 2023: The Impact of Global Privacy Regulation on Business and the Workplace

Aug. 11, 2023: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Role Attorneys Play in Advancing it in Their Profession

June 6, 2023: Maritime Issues in the Indo-Pacific: Two U.S. Perspectives

April 19, 2023: For the Love of Privacy: A Data Security and Privacy Refresher for Transactional Legal Teams

March 23, 2023: Leaving China & Nearshoring to Mexico

March 16, 2023: The impact of Legal Marketing and Business Development

Jan. 27, 2023: Considerations in International Human Rights

Jan. 18, 2023: Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Overview of Legal Considerations

Dec. 13, 2022: An Update on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.

Nov. 7, 2022: US-Canada Trans-Border Civil Litigation: Practical Pitfalls and Opportunities

Oct. 21, 2022: Orbital Debris: International Law and U.S. Law and Policy


Sept. 7, 2022: People with No Nation: Statelessness and International Law 

July 20, 2022: Obtaining Trademark Protection in Foreign Countries

June 29, 2022: Data Privacy in the European Union

June 1, 2022: Global Trend of Psychedelic and Cannabis Law

April 21, 2022: Estate Planning in a Mobile Environment: Perils and Pitfalls of International Estate Planning

March 17, 2022: The Luck of the Irish: An Introduction to Dual Citizenship Around the Globe

Feb. 24, 2022: Human Trafficking and Aviation: Domestic and International Issues and RPC 1.16 and RPC 2.1

Jan. 19, 2022: Imports 101: What Every Lawyer Should Know

Dec. 8, 2021: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Tips to Resolving Disputes Cross Border

Nov. 15, 2021: Marching in Place: How Positive Changes in U.S. Immigration Policy Under a New President Have Been Offset by Pandemic-driven Problems and Precautions

Oct. 13, 2021: International Tax Reform Continued


Nov. 30, 2021: Corporate Liability Under the Alien Tort Statute: Developments under Nestlé v. Doe and Cargill v. Doe

Aug. 25, 2021: Waiving Intellectual Property Protections under TRIPS for COVID-19 Vaccines

July 22, 2021: Overview of 2021 Amendments to China’s Patent Law

June 8, 2021: New Developments in Foreign Investment Rules in the United Arab Emirates

May 19, 2021: Navigating the U.S./China Trade War into the Biden Administration

May 13, 2021: New Developments in Advertising Law and Consumer Protection in Chile

April 26, 2021: Webinar: Patentability of Software and Life Sciences Inventions in the United States and Europe

March 31, 2021: Brazil’s General Data Protection Law and Consumer Law: An Overview

Feb. 25, 2021: An Informative Session on Vietnamese Legal System

Past Section Chairs

2021-2022: Eriko "Elly" Baxter

2020–2021: Carly Chan

2019–2020: Leonid Kisselev

2018–2019: Holly Vance

2017–2018: Matthew Dresden

2016–2017: Bernard Shen

2015–2016: Fraser Mendel

2014–2015: Jim Clack

2013–2014: Jonathan Lloyd

2012–2013: Koko Huang

2011-2012: Glen Yaguchi / KoKo Huang

2010-2011: Glen Yaguchi

2009-2010: Jacqueline Pruner

2008-2009: Bernel Goldberg

2007-2008: Robert Richardson

2006-2007: Tracy Heims

2005-2006: Marguerite Bailly

2004-2005: Michael Herbst

2003-2004: Stephanie Ko

2002-2003: Jeffrey Ouimet

2001-2002: Stefan Biberfeld

2000-2001: Adam Chanak

1999-2000: Michael Herbst

1998-1999: Charles Siner

1997-1998: Charles Siner

1996-1997: Gary Tober / Charles Siner

1995-1996: Alan Rither

1994-1995: David Spencer

1993-1994: Michelle Hurley

1992-1993: Stephen Davis

1991-1992: Edward Hudson

1990-1991: Edward Hudson

1989-1990: John Sessions

1988-1989: John Monaghan

1987-1988: John Monaghan

1986-1987: Melvyn Simburg

1985-1986: Rich Rawson

1984-1985: Rob Huneke

Past Huneke Fellows

2021-2022: Abby Jiang, University of Washington School of Law

2020–2021: Rachel Platin, Gonzaga University School of Law

2019–2020: Michael Rogers, Seattle University School of Law

2018–2019: Kenzie Legg, University of Washington School of Law

2017–2018: Amira Mattar, University of Washington School of Law

2016–2017: Darius Izad, University of Washington School of Law

2015–2016: Alexandra (Alex) Pollack, University of Washington School of Law

2014–2015: Sophie Jin, University of Washington School of Law

2013–2014: Kristin Whinfrey, Seattle University School of Law

2012–2013: Ryan Castle, Seattle University School of Law

2011–2012: Amanda Banik, Seattle University School of Law

2010–2011: Sarah Sprinkle, University of Washington School of Law

2009–2010: Brandon Chan, Seattle University School of Law

2008–2009: Braden Pence, Seattle University School of Law

2003-2004: Valentin Povarchuk

If you recall additional past Huneke Fellows, please send the name(s) to sections@wsba.org