About the Section of International Law

The ABA Section of International Law (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 60+ regional and practice specific committees, task forces, and working groups within twelve divisions – Africa/Eurasia, Americas/Middle East,  Business Law I, Business, Law II, Business Regulation, Constituent, Disputes, Finance, Legal Practice, Public International Law (Treaty) I, Public International Law (Treaty) II, and Tax, Estates & Individuals.  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 Inbox
Committees and Technology Inbox


Christina Heid
Section Director
202/662-1034

  • Overall Management of Section operations, staff, and budget
  • Works directly with the Section Chair, Executive Committee, Administration Committee and Council

Maria Chhabria
Associate Director
202-662-1670

  • Oversees programs, publications and policy

Angela Benson
Director of Membership
202-662-1664

  • Membership recruitment and retention initiatives
  • Liaison to Membership and Diversity Committees
  • Pathways to Employment in International Law Program
  • Internship Program

Jinny Choi
International Projects Director
202-662-1675

  • Directs ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center and ABA Day at the UN
  • Oversees ILEX program, including J-1 Visa Program, international visitors
  • Staff liaison to Section task forces
  • Assists Section Director with international leadership meetings, policies & initiatives

Thomas Happell
Senior Meeting Planner
202-662-1671

  • Oversight of seasonal meetings
  • Oversight of program proposal requests and database development of seasonal meeting programming

Adam Vogel
Technology Specialist
202-662-1727

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

Lauren Meske
Committee Specialist
202-662-1668

  • Provides day-to-day management and coordination of the work of the Section’s 60+ Committees
  • Coordinates the development and organization of Committee programming via in-person meetings, teleconferences and webinars.

Jeanita Brown
Program Specialist
202-662-1663

  • Marketing for meetings and programs

Dorcus (Shea) Logan
Program Associate – Meetings
202-662-1667

  • Manages CLE submissions, processing and reporting
  • Coordination with speakers for all conferences, CLE materials, releases, bios
  • Assists with meeting apps, websites and brochures

Vacant
International Program Specialist

  • Oversees ILEX Delegations
  • Staff Liaison to Section Special Task Forces
  • Oversight of J1 Visa Program
  • Organizes visits for international visitors
  • Oversees International Legal Resource Center  

Vacant
Program Assistant – Membership