HSBA Senior Counsel Division

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.

2021 SCD Board of Officers and Directors

PositionFull NameEmployer
PresidentCarole R. RichelieuDCCA
Vice PresidentGilbert C. DolesAttorney at Law
SecretaryIan Lorne SandisonWatanabe Ing LLP
TreasurerMichael A. Lilly
Director - OahuMichael J.Y. WongAttorney at Law
Director - OahuRosemary T. FazioAshford & Wriston, LLP
Director - OahuScott A. MakuakaneEst8Planning Counsel LLLC
Director - OahuKenneth K.P. WongAttorney at Law
Director - Big IslandCharlene Y. IboshiLaw Off. of Charlene Y. Iboshi
Director - KauaiJonathan J. ChunBelles Graham LLP
Director - OahuGregory L. Lui-KwanAttorney At Law, LLLC
Director - MauiDavid Malcolm Raatz, Jr.Off. of Council Services
Director - OahuMichelle AlarconLaw Off. of Michelle Alarcon, LLLC

Coffee Hours

The Hawaii State Bar Association’s Senior Counsel Division will continue to host Coffee Hours in 2021. Please stay tuned for more interesting topics!

Coffee Hour Archive

New! Senior Residential Living Facilities Presented by Percy Ihara, CSA, CLTC & Todd Pang, MBA Generations Magazine  (11/4/21)

Well-Being Webinar: Brain Health Hacks for Cognitive Function and Mental Health. Presented by Dr. Heather Sandison, ND, Solcere and Marama Experience  (10/29/21)

Slideshow: Well-Being Webinar: Brain Health Hacks for Cognitive Function and Mental Health. Presented by Dr. Heather Sandison, ND, Solcere and Marama Experience  (10/29/21)

New! Richardson Law: A Year in Review. Presented by Dean Camille Nelson, William S. Richardson School of Law  (10/7/21)

Medicare Made Easy. Presented by Taryn Kumamoto, MBA, Premiere Benefits Consulting  (8/5/21)

To Place or Not to Place, That is the Question. Presented by Percy Ihara, CSA, CLTC, Reverse Mortgage Funding, LLC  (6/3/21)

Vaccines, Part 2. Presented by Dr. Eileen Hilton, MD (4/7/21)

Remote Solutions for Your Law Practice. Presented by Elana Bertram, JD, MBA, Partner, Parlatore Law Group, LLP (4/1/21)

Part 3, Session 2: Balancing Autonomy and Self-Determination with Best Interests and Protections for Persons with Dementia. Presented by James H. Pietsch, Professor of Law and Director of the University of Hawai’i Elder Law Program (UHELP) (3/19/21)

Mediation of Public Interest/Public Policy Issues and Controversies. Presented by The Honorable Justice James E. Duffy, Jr., (ret.), Peter S. Adler, PhD, and Elizabeth Kent Moderated by Charles W. Crumpton (3/4/21)

How Virtual Mediation Can Work for You. Presented by Giuseppe Leone, Virtual Mediation Lab (2/4/21)

Asset Protection and Estate Planning, Presented by Scott Makuakane, Counselor at Law (1/7/2021)

Vaccines, Presented by Dr. Eileen Hilton, MD (12/3/2020)

Medical Cannabis - Application Criteria and Process, Presented by Michele N. Nakata, Esq. and Garrett I. Halydier, Esq. (9/3/2020)

The Kealoha Conspiracy - How It All Began, Presented by Alexander Silvert, First Assistant Federal Public Defender, District of Hawaii (8/6/2020)

The presentations provided are the personal viewpoints of the speaker. The HSBA has not approved and does not endorse speaker recommendations.

Latest Projects

Senior Counsel Division Free Legal Clinic at Palolo Learning Center

From the right, seated are Kristin Bryant and Alan Kido; standing are Greg Lui-Kwan, Mary Wong, Kiera Vaeena, Ken Wong, Mark K. Murakami, Dahlia Asuega, Wayne Tanna and Kimberly Towler. Not pictured are Judge Mike Town, John Egan, Charlene Iboshi and Representative Calvin Say


On Saturday, November 16, 2019, the Senior Counsel Division held its first annual free legal clinic at the Palolo Learning Center. The twelve volunteer lawyers did a marvelous job of meeting with event participants. Although the community turnout was relatively light, the legal assistance provided was well received and much appreciated. We have been invited back next year with the promise of stronger community turnout.

How to Volunteer or Get Involved

We invite and encourage members to take an active role in Senior Counsel Division!