Updated: March 23, 2023

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: '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 (Mar. 23, 2023).

Webinar: 'US-Canada Trans-Border Civil Litigation: Practical Pitfalls and Opportunities'

As pandemic restrictions continue to ease and cross-border commerce and travel return to pre-COVID levels, there’s no better time to refresh on practical considerations and cautions in trans-border litigation.  Although both the US and Canadian common-law systems descend from the same sources, subtle differences in civil procedure and practice can be a source of consternation or opportunity for practitioners whose client matters implicate issues on both sides of the border. At worst, client interests may be compromised by counsel’s unquestioned assumptions about civil process in the other jurisdiction.  Join two highly experienced cross-border counsel with a wealth of diverse practice experience in U.S. and Canadian litigation as they illustrate how to avoid common pitfalls and maximize client advantage in matters arising in or implicating Washington’s closest international partner.

Robert W. Richardson, Pacific Juris Attorneys, Vancouver, BC
Wyatt Pickett, Pacific Juris Attorneys, Vancouver, BC

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 (Nov. 7, 2022).

Webinar: 'Orbital Debris: International Law and U.S. Law and Policy'

An overview of the law related to orbital debris that describes the international legal framework, explores how it is implemented in the United States, and identifies outstanding legal issues.

Kathleen Doty, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Seattle

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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 (Oct. 21, 2022).

Webinar: 'People with No Nation: Statelessness and International Law'

Headlines about refugees abound, but little attention is paid to stateless persons, who are not recognized as nationals of any country.  While some refugees are stateless, most stateless persons reside in the country of their birth.  Denied citizenship and its attendant rights, they often live without access to identity documents and fundamental rights. This seminar discusses statelessness and the two major international conventions governing the treatment of stateless individuals: The 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and The 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.  Special attention will be paid to Article I of the 1961 Convention (requiring that a state party grant its nationality to an otherwise stateless person born in the territory); the perils of renunciation; deprivation of nationality (stripping people of their citizenship); and racial, ethnic, and religious discrimination as it relates to statelessness. There will be illustrative examples from Scandinavia, the former Soviet Union (especially the Baltic states), Myanmar, Lebanon, and the Dominican Republic. The recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that it will “define statelessness” will be discussed in light of the conventions, to which the U.S. is not a party, and international law more broadly.  This seminar is for anyone interested in human rights, international law, migration, citizenship (including renunciation), conflict of laws, and treaty compliance.

Margaret Moody, Larkspur, CA

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 (Sept. 7, 2022).

Webinar: 'Obtaining Trademark Protection in Foreign Countries'

Trademark owners doing business outside the United States must consider how best to protect their marks in the global market. The CLE will compare the brief process of national filing vs Madrid Protocol for obtaining trademark registrations in the U.S. and major foreign countries and provide general strategies and guidance.

Makiko Coffland, Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC, 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 (July 20, 2022).

Webinar: 'Data Privacy in the European Union'

This mini-CLE will start by providing some background on Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the electronic Privacy Regulation. The panelists will then discuss how Brexit has impacted UK law and the digital landscape.  Then the discussion will shift to the future of privacy regulation in Europe, including the Digital Markets Act, the Digital Services Act, and the Data Governance Act. Finally, the panelists will conclude the CLE by covering cross-border data transfers, particularly between the EU and U.S., but also to other third countries.

Rita Heimes, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Portsmouth, NH
Laura Lemire, Hintze Law, Seattle
Emily Leach, Ethos Privacy
Stephanie Perez-Cortez, Ethos Privacy

Watch the video. (1.5 hours)

This video is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (June 29, 2022).


IPS CLEs for the Past Three Years


Mar. 23, 2023: Leaving China & Nearshoring to Mexico

Mar. 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


Sept. 22, 2020: Spain After COVID-19: New Regulations Explained From a Practical Perspective

June 24, 2020: Canadian Patent Law Update

May 29, 2020: Immigration Practice: A Central Washington Perspective

April 24, 2020: Cryptocurrency and Geopolitics: An Introduction

April 14, 2020: Mass Atrocities and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Feb. 3, 2020: 10 Things to Help You Understand Chinese E-Commerce: The Market and Related Law

Jan. 29, 2020: Hot Topics in Green Cards and Admissibility Issues

Dec. 5, 2019: U.S. and International Aspects of Cannabis Laws and Legal Practice Double Feature

Nov. 15, 2019: Investment in China and Hong Kong’s Legal Role

Nov. 7, 2019: Issues in Patent Enforcement in China

Oct. 3, 2019: Legal and Political Complexities in the Midst of the U.S.–China Trade War

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