About the International Law Section

The ABA International Law Section (the Section) is the leader in the development of policy in the international arena, the promotion of the rule of law and the education of international law practitioners.  The Section focuses on a full range of international legal issues and is involved in a wide variety of substantive legal activities.

The Section's purposes are to promote interest, activity, and research in international law and to further its development; increase knowledge among members of the legal profession and the general public; to promote professional relationships with lawyers similarly engaged in foreign countries; and to implement Goal IV of the Association – "To advance the rule of law in the world."

The Section has over fifty regional and practice specific committees, task forces and working groups divided among twelve divisions: Americas; Asia/Pacific; Contracts, Transportation, Energy & Environment; Corporate & Supply Chain; Cyber, Art & Technology; Dispute Resolution; Diversity & Inclusion; Europe/Eurasia/Middle East Africa; Finance; Human Rights & Corporate Social Responsibility; Legal Practice, Ethics & Delivery of Legal Services; and Trade, International Organizations & Regulatory Practice. The Committees closely monitor and disseminate information on domestic and international policy developments with implications for law practice.

Main Section Line
202-662-1660

Meetings inboxintlawmeetings@americanbar.org 
Committees and Technology inboxsilcomtech@americanbar.org

Leadership Portal

Administration

Christina Heid, Section Director
Tel: 202-662-1034
christina.heid@americanbar.org

  • Overall management of Section operations, staff and budget
  • Works with Section Chair, Executive and Administration Committees, and oversees Publications and Policy

Jinny Choi, Associate Director
Tel: 202-662-1675
jinny.choi@americanbar.org

  • Oversees Policy, including Blanket Authority and Rule of Law letters
  • Directs ABA-UNDP ILRC Center and ABA Day at the UN
  • Oversees ILEX Program - J-1 Visa program, international visitors
  • Assists Section Director with international leadership meetings and manages Section Awards

Membership, Committees and Technology

Angela Benson, Membership Director
Tel: 202-662-1664
angela.benson@americanbar.org

  • Membership recruitment and retention initiatives
  • Support Membership, Liaison, and Diversity Officers
  • Manage Pathways to Employment in International Law Program
  • Coordinates Annual Leadership Retreat
  • Social Media Marketing and Development

Lauren Meske, Committee Specialist
Tel: 202-662-1668
lauren.meske@americanbar.org

  • Provides day-to-day management and coordination of the work of the Section’s fifty-five Committees
  • Coordinates the development and organization of Committee programming via in-person meetings, teleconferences and webinars

Adam Vogel, Technology Specialist
Tel: 202-662-1727
adam.vogel@americanbar.org

  • Section website, including design and maintenance of all pages
  • Committee support including committee web site maintenance
  • Provides technical guidance and support on technology projects

Programs

Jenny Abreu, Director of Meetings
Tel: 202-662-1671

  • Responsible for overall management of Section conferences, forums, and stand-alone meetings including marketing and brochure development
  • Sponsorship and exhibitor management
  • Oversight of program proposal requests, database management of meeting programs

Shea Logan, Program Associate – Meetings
Tel: 202-662-1667
dorcus.logan@americanbar.org

  • Point of contact for all program speakers (conferences, forums and stand-alones) including deadlines, registration, speaker releases, CLE materials; maintains speaker database
  • Provides weekly updates on conference registration and budget goals
  • Manages Meeting app, websites

International Projects

Ruchika Sharma, Program Associate – International Projects
Tel: 202-662-1670
ruchika.sharma@americanbar.org

  • Provides support for ILEX Program - J-1 Visa program, international visitors
  • Assists Section Director with international leadership meetings, policies and initiatives