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
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, SCD President
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 first Coffee Hour of the year!
Thursday, January 8, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Travel! Retirement! How to Blend Them
Bradley Coates, Evelyn Lance, and Ken Takayama
HSBA Conference Rm., 1100 Alakea St., Ste. 1000 Honolulu, HI 96813
to view the program flyer.
You do not want to miss this FREE program so reserve your spot today! Email SCD@hsba.org or call (808) 792-7336. Mahalo!
How to Volunteer or Get Involved
- Contact any member of the SCD Board.
- Contact our HSBA Staff liaison at email@example.com.