Foreign Lawyers Reception Update – November 5

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The INTERNATIONAL PRACTICE SECTION of the Washington State Bar Association cordially invites you to join us for our 2013 FOREIGN LAWYERS RECEPTION.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200
Seattle, WA 98101

No charge for International Practice Section members
No charge for non-section members who sign up as a mentor via the Foreign Lawyer Mentoring Program (see below)
$40.00 for other non-section members
No charge for students

The RSVP site will be prepared shortly.  Stay tuned for further notice.

Foreign Lawyer Mentoring Program:
We encourage you to participate in the WSBA International Practice Section’s Foreign Lawyer Mentor Program.

What is the Foreign Lawyer Mentor Program?
The Foreign Lawyer Mentor Program pairs local lawyers whose practices involve international law with foreign lawyers who are studying for a J.D. or L.L.M, or are visiting scholars at the University of Washington, Seattle University, or Gonzaga University law schools.  In addition to fostering business relationships and networking opportunities, the program affords local practitioners and foreign lawyers the opportunity to learn about legal practice in each other’s home countries and practice areas.

Why should you sign up as a mentor?
The Foreign Lawyer Mentor Program is an opportunity to make a meaningful connection with a practicing attorney in another jurisdiction.  The foreign lawyer participants in the Foreign Lawyer Mentor Program tend to be motivated high achievers who already have positions with leading companies, law firms and government agencies in their home countries, and are pursuing advanced degrees at US law schools in order to advance their careers.  Moreover, you will not only get to build a potentially valuable relationship, you’ll also be giving back to the international legal community.

What will your responsibilities be as a mentor?
The specifics of the Foreign Lawyer Mentor Program are largely determined by the individual mentor/mentee relationship.  The program kicks off with the Foreign Lawyers’ Reception.  The International Practice Section will pair up mentors and mentees shortly before the reception, and all mentors/mentees are invited to attend the reception free of charge.  After that, you will need to meet with your mentee(s) at least once, for lunch, drinks or whatever you prefer.  After that, the relationship is left to each mentor and mentee, though we encourage you to arrange further meetings with your mentee, introduce them to other practitioners whose practices they might find interesting, etc.

What do you need to do to sign up?
Please send an e-mail to Monica Langfeldt at and Bonnie Wasser at (and please copy to Jonathan Lloyd at, providing the following information:

·         Name
·         Company or employer
·         Area of practice
·         Preferred home countries of mentee(s)
·         Number of foreign lawyers you are willing to mentor (we try to make this a one-to-one relationship, but occasionally practitioners will be asked to mentor two foreign lawyers)

You will receive an e-mail from Monica and Bonnie in early November introducing you to your foreign lawyer mentee(s).  After that, it is in your hands, though if you can attend the Foreign Lawyers’ Reception, it will be a great opportunity to meet your mentee(s).

Section Representative contact information for this event:
Name: Fraser Mendel
Firm: Davis Wright Tremaine
Telephone #: (206) 757-8095