July 01, 2019 From the Division Chair


Marvin S.C. Dang

It’s a good time for a shout-out to the many people contributing to the division’s success.

Aloha (Greetings) from Hawaii.

With my term as the 2018–2019 chair of our ABA Senior Lawyers Division ending in August, I want to say “mahalo,” a Hawaiian word for “thank you.”

A very special mahalo from me to my family and my law firm for their support over the many years I’ve been actively involved with the ABA in general and with the SLD in particular.

To the 60,000 SLD members, mahalo for being an integral part of one of the largest ABA entities.

Mahalo to the numerous SLD volunteers who tirelessly serve on our 30 committees and who are liaisons between our division and other ABA sections, divisions, and commissions.

Additionally, mahalo to those who’re instrumental in producing the quarterly Experience magazines that you read: Editorial Board Chair Michael J. Van Zandt; Vice Chair Jeffrey M. Allen; and members Maxfeld Bahner, Leonard H. Gilbert, Ashley Hallene, William Haltom, Richard M. Leslie, and James L. Schwartz; special advisor Selma Moidel Smith; and contract editor G.M. Filisko.

I want to express my mahalo to the team of SLD officers who’ve collaborated with me to lead our division: Chair-elect Albert C. Harvey, Vice-Chair Michael J. Van Zandt, Immediate Past Chair John Hardin Young, Secretary Carole L. Worthington, Assistant Secretary Jeffrey M. Allen, Budget Officer Llewelyn G. Pritchard, Assistant Budget Officer William Mock, and Division Delegates Ruth L. Kleinfeld and Seth Rosner.

Mahalo also to SLD Council members—Anthony H. Barash, Charles S. Brown, Karen P. Campbell, Leonard H. Gilbert, Sheila Slocum Hollis, Richard M. Leslie, Orlando Lucero, Harry Truman Moore, Kerry R. Peck, Savannah Potter-Miller, James L. Schwartz, and Saul A. Wolfe—and Honorary Council members Richard Goodwin and Donna J. Jackson for assisting with building our division.

And I want give a shout-out and say mahalo to our hardworking SLD staff: Staff Director Emily Roschek, former Program Associate Lexie Heinemann, and Marketing Specialist Tracey Moore.

I’m pleased our division continues to be a leader in addressing the opioid crisis [www.ambar.org/opioid]. On Sept. 27, 2018, we received the ABA Section Officers Conference Collaboration Award. Earlier this year on Jan. 28, 2019, the ABA House of Delegates adopted the SLD’s Resolution 108 containing the recommendations in the SLD report, Experienced Lawyers, American Families, and the Opioid Crisis–Report of the Opioid Summit May 2018.

And we’re organizing educational programs dealing with the opioid crisis. At the SLD 2019 Spring Meeting in New York on May 2, we presented a one-hour CLE on ethical considerations in dealing with clients and colleagues battling opioid use. During the upcoming ABA 2019 Annual Meeting, the Health Law Section and the SLD are sponsoring a CLE showcase program on responding to the national opioid crisis. I hope to see you at that program on Aug. 10 or at other SLD events that week in San Francisco.

For the rest of the 2018–2019 bar year, the SLD will continue to produce our monthly Voice of Experience e-newsletters, publish our Experience magazines, release new books, and present educational programs.

Please visit our website for our division’s events and resources at https://www.americanbar.org/groups/senior_lawyers. You can also follow us on Facebook.

To join our team of volunteers, please e-mail our SLD staff at abasrlawyers@americanbar.org.

And to enable our division to continue producing public service and educational programs, you can make a charitable donation to the SLD Program Support Fund of the ABA Fund for Justice and Education at https://donate.americanbar.org/sld.



Marvin S.C. Dang

Marvin S.C. Dang is the managing member of Law Offices of Marvin S.C. Dang, LLLC in Honolulu and has been an attorney since 1978. He’s the 2018–2019 chair of the ABA Senior Lawyers Division, a member of the ABA Nominating Committee, a delegate in the ABA House of Delegates, and a commissioner on the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. He served on the Council of the ABA Fund for Justice and Education. His law firm’s practice areas include lobbying, creditors’ rights, and real estate matters. He received his law degree from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.