WSBA-IPS Annual General Meeting and Mentorship Program

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Please join the International Practice Section (IPS) of the Washington State Bar Association at its Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will include the election of officers and Executive Committee members for 2017-18.  We are also coordinating the IPS mentorship program as detailed below. This event is a great opportunity to meet your mentor or mentee.

Friday, September 22, 2017

AGM: 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
CLE: 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Reception: 5:30 PM to 8:00PM

University of Washington School of Law (William Gates Hall)
4293 Memorial Way NE, Seattle WA
AGM and CLE: Room 117
Reception: Room 115
(UW map:

Cost (for the CLE and Reception): 
IPS Members and Law Students: Free
Non-IPS Members: $40.00

Please click HERE to register for the AGM, CLE, and reception.

Annual General Meeting

IPS members will elect officers and Executive Committee members and conclude other IPS section business.  Please see below for the nominees for the officers and Executive Committee members:

Officer Nominees (one year terms):

Chair:                               Matthew Dresden, Harris Bricken McVay
Chair-Elect:                      Holly Vance, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Immediate Past Chair:     Bernard Shen, Microsoft Corporation
Secretary/Treasurer:        Leonid Kisselev, Cascadia Intellectual Property
Communications Chair:   Eriko “Elly” Baxter, Baxter Law International

Executive Committee Nominees (new terms in bold):

(2015-2018) Joaquin Hernandez, B.E. Meyers & Co.
(2015-2018) Linda Chu, NBBJ
(2016-2019) Francisco Olmedo, K&L Gates
(2016-2019) Carly Chan, Davis Wright Tremaine
(2017-2020) Megan Lutes, Moss Adams
(2017-2020) Prof. Dana Raigrodski, University of Washington School of Law
(2017-2020) Larry Ward, Dorsey & Whitney
(2017-2020) Chris Pothering, Expeditors
(2017-2019) Joe Stockton, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
(2017-2018) Qingqing Miao, Lane Powell

Young Lawyer Liaison: (2016-2018) Monica Sham


Topic: “The Role of Business in Human Trafficking and Forced Labor”

Speaker: Prof. Dana Raigrodski, UW School of Law

Please join us for a presentation by Professor Dana Raigrodski, a lecturer and director of the General Law LL.M. program at the University of Washington School of Law, which will challenge the prevailing view that adopting socially responsible business practices is at tension with for-profit purposes of businesses by relying on a series of business studies and data from the experience of several successful companies.  Using this data, Professor Raigrodski will show that business policies that improve worker well-being do not inherently compromise profits and can also improve a business’s bottom line. In doing so, the presentation will show that the task of convincing business leaders to adopt better policies may be less challenging if framed as a core business strategy in the pursuit of profit.

IPS Mentorship Program 

Through the IPS Mentorship Program, we offer a great opportunity to network with foreign lawyers and JD, LLM and PhD students from across the world as well as our section members with a broad range of international legal experience. Please see the details of our “Mentorship Program” page of the Global Gabel.

How to Sign up for the Mentorship Program – For Practitioners
Please complete the form at the following link: Practitioners do not have to be IPS members in order to sign up to be a mentor.

How to Sign up for the Mentorship Program – For Students
Please go to this web form to request to be matched with a mentor.

This information is also available via the IPS listserv, the IPS LinkedIn, and the “Upcoming Events” page of the Global Gavel.  We look forward to seeing you!