HSBA Senior Counsel Division

About Us

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. The Hawaii State Bar Association first explored the idea of creating a Senior Counsel Division during its 2008 and 2009 bar strategic planning process. Thus, a planning committee was formed to develop a Senior Counsel Division (SCD). The division was established as a pilot project on April 23, 2009 upon the HSBA Board's approval of the SCD Bylaws, and recognized as a formal entity in October 2022 when it was added to the HSBA Constitution and Bylaws.

SCD President's Message
Scott Spallina 
(February 2024)

Aloha.

Happy President’s Day. It is at this time of year that the question arises why George Washington was so strong? He had a healthy Constitution (it was either this joke or “what do you call George Washington’s Teeth? Presidentures). 

The Senior Counsel Division (SCD) is starting 2024 with a bang. We have already had two great speakers so far at our monthly Coffee Hours. In January, we had Dr. Dwight Lin share with us the latest medical breakthroughs in the fields of regenerative medicine and cell therapy. Then in early February, Martha Khlopin joined us to speak about Medicare rules for solo practitioners.


SCD Coffee Hour: Medicare rules for solo-practitioners and small firms (2/1/24)

Our next Coffee Hour on March 7, 2024, will feature Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steven Alm and his office’s initiatives in keeping our community safe. Remember, that all these monthly Coffee Hours can be attended either in person at our downtown office or via zoom with links provided as the presentations draw closer. Also, all talks can be viewed on YouTube by simply searching “Senior Counsel Division." 

SCD was also featured in January on the weekly radio show KupunaWiki hosted Brandon Lau. This show highlighted for their listeners what the HSBA is all about and what role the SCD plays in serving our members and the community at large.

On Friday, February 16, 2024, SCD will participate in Generation’s Senior Fair at Windward Mall Center Court from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. There will be over 20 participates from different organizations present to share their knowledge and expertise to those who attend. This is a great opportunity for SCD to provide information to seniors we speak to about not only SCD, but how attorneys in Hawaii can better serve them.

And speaking of service, on March 16, 2024, there will be an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to help seniors in need. The Senior Food Box Program, at the Hawaii Foodbank, plays a critical role in providing low-income seniors age 60 or older, groceries they need to survive. Please join SCD in volunteering to help pack boxes of food that will be distributed to the kupuna in our island home that are facing food insecurity. SCD has helped this program in the past, and each time, those who have volunteered have walked away from the experience grateful and appreciative of what they have. Meet time will be 7:45am at the Hawaii Foodbank Warehouse on 2611 Kilihau St, Honolulu, HI 96819. Email Gilbert Doles at [email protected] to volunteer.

Visit HSBA.org/CoffeeHourArchives to view previously recorded SCD Coffee Hours.


Schedule an appointment at bbh.org or call (808) 848-4770
Use code 3223 when you arrive for your appointment.

2024 SCD Board of Officers and Directors

PositionFull NameTerm StartTerm End
PresidentScott Michael Spallina1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
Vice PresidentIan Lorne Sandison1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
SecretaryScott A. Makuakane1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
TreasurerGregory L. Lui-Kwan1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
Director - OahuGilbert C. Doles1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2025 12:00:00 AM
Director - OahuMichael J.Y. Wong1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2025 12:00:00 AM
Director - Big IslandCharlene Y. Iboshi1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2025 12:00:00 AM
Director - KauaiJonathan J. Chun1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2025 12:00:00 AM
Director - OahuJean Malia Orque1/1/2023 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
Director - OahuHarvey M. Demetrakopoulos1/1/2023 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
Director - MauiDavid Malcolm Raatz, Jr.1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2025 12:00:00 AM
Director - OahuSue Vo Hansen1/1/2023 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
Director - OahuDawn Malia Nekoba1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2025 12:00:00 AM

 Senior Counsel Division Projects

How to Volunteer or Get Involved

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