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! 

Live Webcast Instructions:

Please click on the following link:


The link will not go live with the seminar until 12:00 p.m. noon (Hawaii Time) on the day fo the seminar.

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
Big Island Legal Clinic Community Service Project

Greg Lui-Kwan, Geraldine Hasegawa, Steve Geimer, Ian Sandison, Carole Richelieu, Ray Hasegawa, Rosemary Fazio, Jay Kimura, John Wagner, Scott Makuakane, Michelle Alarcon, Gail Kawakami-Schwarber, Dawn Henry, Charlene Iboshi, Brian Simon

The Senior Counsel Division of the Hawaii State Bar Association enthusiastically conducted free legal information clinics on September 24th at two sites at Naalehu and Pahala in Ka‘u on the Big Island, followed by a full afternoon and evening of exploring and enjoying the unique natural wonders of the area. Fourteen attorneys, seven of whom flew in from Honolulu at their own expense, served the two sites, while nine attorneys were on standby by telephone. Legal Aid paralegals helped at both sites, along with an HSBA staff member in Naalehu.

This community service project provided legal information to Big Island residents, especially those living in rural Ka‘u, and was welcomed and well received by the residents. They kept us busy! The Ka‘u Rural Health Association assisted with the project along with Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center and Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council. Molokai was the site for the SCD legal clinics the past two years, and the SCD looks forward to assisting more Hawaii residents with access to legal information and the opportunity to meet in person with attorneys regarding their many questions all of which could not happen without the excellent support of HSBA. A big mahalo to Pat and Brian of HSBA and the many generous volunteers for a job well done!

Carole R. Richelieu, 2016 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