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2015 SCD Board Projects a Priority

As the President of the SCD for 2015, I am late in my New Year’s message so instead, I am wishing my fellow seniors a Happy Chinese New Year of the Ram/Goat/Sheep. The Chinese believe, superstitiously, that this is not a good year. Therefore, for the Senior Counsel Division, I am calling this year the Year of “Each One, Reach One.” What does this mean? Let me explain. A very large number of the members of the Senior Counsel Division are either in the prime of their legal careers or are enjoying their Golden Years. After decades of working very hard, putting our children through school, building up a nest egg and just being very busy, we may have forgotten long time friends. I know I did. I made a conscious effort over a year ago to reach out to friends and relatives that I had not seen for many years and the results have been very gratifying. This year, make it a goal to reach out to one person that you have not seen or talked to for a long time. It could be a relative, a classmate, a teammate, a fraternity/sorority brother or sister, a fellow lawyer, a parent, a child, a teacher, whoever. It could be lunch, a phone call, an email, a text message, a letter, a card, whatever. At our age, relationships become more important. Someone once said: “Money cannot overcome a lack of love; but Love can overcome a lack of money.” So this year, make it a goal to touch one person.

The SCD is committed to reaching out to our members with topics that are interesting and practical to our age group. We have already held two very successful coffee hours this year. The coffee hours are generally held on the first Thursday of the month, from noon to 1 p.m., although there may be a month or two where one is not scheduled. The Board of the SCD is excited to announce the upcoming coffee hours:

March 5 – Tax Tips for Seniors presented by Mike O’Malley, Esq.
April 2 – Social Security presented by Jane Burigsay of the Social Security Administration
May – No Coffee Hour. Pro bono outreach to Molokai on May 9th led by Tim Lui-Kwan.
June 4 – Technology for Seniors—Part I.

Mark them in your calendar and be on the look out for those announcements. We will also be scheduling coffee hours later in the year for Technology for Seniors—Part II, Medicare and other topics. If you have a topic that you want covered, please let me know at ken@kenwonglaw.com. "

   - Ken Wong, SCD President

About Us

The Hawaii State Bar Association explored the idea of creating a Senior Counsel Division during its 2008 and 2009 bar strategic planning process. The Senior Counsel Division is a bar initiative to serve and engage our members who are age 50 and older, which comprises half of our membership.

During the bar's strategic planning, a key focus was to look to ways to both serve and engage this segment of the bar. Thus, a planning committee was formed to explore developing a Senior Counsel Division (SCD). The division was formally established April 23, 2009 upon the HSBA Board's approval of the SCD Bylaws.


Coffee Hours

The Hawaii State Bar Association’s Senior Counsel Division will continue to host Coffee Hours in 2015. Please stay tuned for more interesting topics! 

The Senior Counsel Division invites you to the following Coffee Hours! 

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015 
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Topic: Tax Tips for Seniors 
Speaker: Michael O’Malley, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP
Location: HSBA Conference Rm., 1100 Alakea St., Ste. 1000 Honolulu, HI 96813 

 

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015 
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Topic: Social Security 
Speaker: Jane Yamamoto-Burigsay, Public Affairs Specialist at Social Security Administration
Location: HSBA Conference Rm., 1100 Alakea St., Ste. 1000 Honolulu, HI 96813 


You do not want to miss this FREE program so reserve your spot today! Email SCD@hsba.org or call (808) 792-7336. Mahalo! 

2015 Coffee Hours Archive

 

Travel! Retirement! How to Blend Them

 

Memory Loss Part 2

 

Tax Tips for Seniors



Latest Projects


A Recap of the HSBA Senior Counsel Division's
Ask-a-Lawyer Moloka'i Community Service Project




The Senior Counsel Division decided to celebrate Law Week on the Island of Moloka‘i this year by holding a legal clinic on Saturday, May 10th at the Kaunakakai Elementary School cafeteria. This first-time event was only possible with the tireless coordination and assistance of the Moloka‘i Community Services Council and its Executive Director, SCD member Karen Holt, and her assistant B. J. Dudoit who was able to secure use of the school cafeteria from Kaunakakai Elementary Principal Janice Espiritu. Our intrepid HSBA Communications Coordinator, Brian Simon, deftly handled intake and referral services for residents attending the clinic. Our team was also fortunate to have Carlsmith Ball’s Public Affairs Director and Moloka‘i native, John Sabas, travel with us and sharing responsibility for greeting and directing members of the public with Moloka‘i conservationist Mac Poepoe. Special thanks to Associate Justice Michael Wilson who also traveled there to welcome the community and support the volunteers for this event.

The event was an unparalleled success with over 70 members of the Moloka‘i community receiving legal information or referrals on a wide variety of topics from estate planning to criminal law provided by a dozen volunteers that traveled to the “Friendly Island” at their own expense and another nine off-island attorneys who participated by providing information by telephone. The volunteers traveling to Moloka‘i included SCD Directors Michelle Alarcon, Rosemary Fazio, Carole Richelieu, honorary SCD members Doug Chin and Connie Chow, Honolulu attorneys Greg Lui-Kwan and Ivan Lui-Kwan, and Big Island attorney Lee Mattingly. Our off-island volunteers who graciously fielded questions over the telephone included Charlene Iboshi, Colin Kurata, Jack Lockwood, Howard Luke, John Nuha, Harry Oda, Ian Sandison, Bill Tam and Mary Wong.

The trip was not all work as the group was treated to a post-event tour of the west end of Moloka‘i by John Sabas with editorial commentary provided by our on-island coordinator Karen Holt. Other volunteers assisting the team included Steve Geimer, husband of SCD Treasurer Carole Richelieu, and my better half, Marty Martinson. The event was capped by a fantastic steak and seafood dinner generously hosted for the volunteers by John Sabas and his wife, Jennifer Goto Sabas, at the poolside of the Molokai Shores Hotel. It was great fun and all of the participants returned home feeling that they had accomplished much in sharing a small portion of their Mothers’ Day weekend with the beautiful people of Moloka‘i.

Timothy Lui-Kwan, 2014 SCD President

 


How to Volunteer or Get Involved

  • Contact any member of the SCD Board.
  • Contact our HSBA Staff liaison at info@hsba.org.

2015 SCD Board of Officers and Directors

PositionFull NameEmployer
PresidentKenneth K.P. WongAttorney at Law
Vice PresidentCarole R. RichelieuDCCA
SecretaryElizabeth Kent 
TreasurerTimothy Lui-KwanCarlsmith Ball LLP
Director - Big IslandCharlene Y. IboshiLaw Off. of Charlene Y. Iboshi
Director - KauaiJonathan J. ChunBelles Graham Proudfoot Wilson & Chun, LLP
Director - MauiJudith Neustadter NaoneLaw Off. of Judith Neustadter Naone, ALC
Director - OahuIan Lorne SandisonCarlsmith Ball LLP
Director - OahuMichelle AlarconLaw Off. of Michelle Alarcon, LLLC
Director - OahuJames S. WillistonOffice of Council Services
Director - OahuWilliam M. TamHawaii Commission on Water Resources Management (DLNR)
Director - OahuCharles W. CrumptonCrumpton Collaborative Solutions
Director - OahuRosemary T. FazioAshford & Wriston, LLP