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 2018. 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 of 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:
Navigating Medicare 2019 (9/6/18)
Distributions from Retirements Accounts and Tax Strategies (10/4/18)
Lawyers Give Free Legal Information on Lava Disaster Law and Other Areas
The Senior Counsel Division of the Hawaii State Bar Association, along with the Hawaii County Bar Association, conducted a free legal information clinic on June 23rd at Tropic Care, which provided free medical and dental services to the community. Additionally, two workshops were given on disaster law and Advance Healthcare Directives. Over two dozen attorneys served the needs of those impacted by the lava disaster and provided other free legal information to the Puna community. Another Legal Clinic was held on June 30th. Over a hundred people were served through these clinics.
The Insurance Commissioner’s staff attorney Mary Wilkowski came to discuss insurance issues. Corporation Counsel Joe Kamelamela provided information about tree mitigation to prevent damages during the hurricane season. Local attorneys Molly Ward and Charlene Iboshi shared helpful information about the nature of the lava disaster as one that requires the entire community working together to identify long-term strategies. The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and Kuikahi Mediation Center were available for referrals.
Honolulu attorneys, who have ties to Hawaii Island, used their personal resources to attend the clinic. All commented how the legal clinics were a way to give back to their communities. By giving legal information to rural, underserved people, lawyers provide access to needed legal information. The Senior Counsel Division previously did free legal clinics for the underserved Kau communities in Naalehu and Pahala, and Molokai.
The Hawaii State Bar Association’s Senior Counsel Division continue to develop projects to deliver legal services to underserved communities.
Submitted by Charlene Iboshi, Hawaii State Bar Association, Senior Counsel Division’s Hawaii Island Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Volunteer or Get Involved
- Contact any member of the SCD Board.
- Contact our HSBA Staff liaison at email@example.com.