Welcome to the Senior Counsel Division's Webpage

2016 SCD Board Projects a Priority

Aloha, hauoli makahiki hou, and kung hay fat choy!

Last year, the Senior Counsel Division presented nine Coffee Hours with an estimated attendance of 638 live and webcast attendees, as well as our Molokai project.  Our mahalo to past president Ken Wong and his board, as well as Pat, Brian, and the HSBA for their dedication and hard work without which the SCD could not achieve its goals and mission.

The new SCD Board, with familiar and new faces, remains committed to reaching out to our attorney community with interesting and relevant topics.  This year will include the most popular presentation, Medicare, and other popular topics, as well as new topics, such as the retirement process for government attorneys and judges.  In addition, the next project in celebration of Law Week is anticipated to be a free law clinic on the island of Hawaii.  And there may be a redux of the popular wine (and beer?) tasting event.

Please look for our announcements, and contact us if there is a topic of particular interest.  We look forward to seeing you at our coffee hours and events and another successful year!


   - Carole Richelieu, 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 2016. Please stay tuned for more interesting topics! 

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



June 2, 2016 – Selecting Hardware and Software When Transitioning to a Smaller Office


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

Live Webcast Instructions:

Please click on the following link on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. noon (Hawaii Time):


The link will not go live with the seminar until 12:00 p.m. noon (Hawaii Time) on Thursday, August 4, 2016.

Note: The SCD is able to provide this seminar free of charge by using a free webcast software program.  As a result, you may experience pop-ups, which should not be too cumbersome.


SCD Coffee Hour Archive:

Social Security

Long-Term Care & Asset Protection

Employees Retirement System (ERS)

Selecting Hardware & Software when Transitioning to a Smaller Office

Succession Planning for Lawyers

Needy & Greedy - Elder Fraud Abounds

Latest Projects

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

For the second year in the row, our Senior Counsel Division decided to celebrate Law Week by conducting a free law clinic for the Moloka‘i community. This hana hou event was held on Saturday, May 9th at the Kaunakakai Elementary School library. The event was again co-sponsored with the Moloka‘i Community Services Council (MCSC) which provided all of the on-island coordination and outreach. Special mahalo to Kaunakakai Elementary Principal Janice Espiritu, MCSC’s Executive Director, Karen Holt (herself a SCD member) and her assistant B.J. Dudoit who secured use of the school library and got the word out to the community for this event. We were also joined at this year’s event by the Maui Mediation Services, whose table was ably manned by Jim Fiorino, its Executive Director. Brian Simon, HSBA Communications Coordinator again handled intake and referral services for residents attending the clinic.

The event was well-attended with over 30 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 ten volunteers that traveled to the “Friendly Island” at their own expense and another four off-island attorneys who participated in providing information by telephone.

The volunteers traveling to Moloka‘i included SCD Directors Rosemary Fazio, Carole Richelieu, Tim Lui-Kwan and myself, Honolulu attorneys Rosie Goo, Carlton Chun, Mark K. Murakami, Harry Oda, Greg Lui-Kwan and Ivan Lui-Kwan who were joined by Moloka‘i attorneys Maria Sullivan and Karen Holt. Our off-island volunteers providing legal information over the telephone included Big Island attorney Charlene Iboshi and Honolulu attorneys Colin Kurata, John Nuha, Harry Oda and SCD Director Ian Sandison. Carlsmith Ball’s Public Affairs Director and Moloka‘i native, John Sabas, also assisted the group in greeting members of the community to the clinic.The group was treated to another post-event tour of places of local interest along the south coast by Moloka‘i kupuna, Billy Akutagawa. Other volunteers assisting the team included spouses Steve Geimer, Jennifer Goto Sabas and Marty Martinson Lui-Kwan.

We all felt that the event was again a success with all of the participants returning safely home after sharing a small portion of their Mothers’ Day weekend with the people of Moloka‘i. Special mahalo goes to Tim Lui-Kwan who spent an inordinate amount of time and aloha to coordinate the event.

To view pictures from the Ask-a-Lawyer Molokai Community Service Project, please click here. (photos will take a moment to load)

Kenneth Wong, 2015 SCD President


How to Volunteer or Get Involved

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

2016 SCD Board of Officers and Directors

PositionFull NameEmployer
PresidentCarole R. RichelieuDCCA
Vice PresidentIan Lorne SandisonCarlsmith Ball LLP
SecretaryMichelle AlarconLaw Off. of Michelle Alarcon, LLLC
TreasurerTimothy Lui-KwanCarlsmith Ball LLP
Director - OahuKenneth K.P. WongAttorney at Law
Director - Big IslandCharlene Y. IboshiLaw Off. of Charlene Y. Iboshi
Director - KauaiJonathan J. ChunBelles Graham Proudfoot Wilson & Chun, LLP
Director - OahuRosanne K. GooAttorney at Law
Director - MauiJudith Neustadter NaoneLaw Off. of Judith Neustadter Naone, ALC
Director - OahuMichael J.Y. WongAttorney at Law
Director - OahuWilliam M. TamAttorney at Law
Director - OahuCharles W. CrumptonCrumpton Collaborative Solutions
Director - OahuRosemary T. FazioAshford & Wriston, LLP