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
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!
SAVE THE DATE!
October 2, 2015 – Health Directives
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
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A Recap of the HSBA Senior Counsel Division's
Ask-a-Lawyer Moloka'i Community Service Project
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.