August 28, 2018 Chair's Column

Chair's Column: August 2018

Marvin S.C. Dang

Aloha (hello) from Honolulu, Hawaii!

As the Chair of the Senior Lawyers Division for the 2018-2019 bar year, I want to thank you for reading this month’s issue of Voice of Experience e-newsletter.

In each of my Chair’s column, I want to introduce you to a Hawaiian word and connect that word to activities in our Division. For this column, the Hawaiian word is “ola,” which means life, health, and well-being.

This month’s e-newsletter contains articles about the opioid crisis—a health crisis that has been called the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history.  It affects the lives and well-being of our Division members, our families, our clients, and our communities.

On May 4, 2018—through the vision and leadership of Jack Young (2017-2018 Division Chair)—our Division hosted an Opioid Summit at the ABA headquarters in Chicago.  With the theme of “Experienced Lawyers, American Families, and the Opioid Crisis,” the Summit brought together for the first time numerous sections, divisions, and entities within the ABA, various non-ABA organizations, and a multidisciplinary group of experts to collaboratively take a holistic approach to the opioid crisis. The participants included 30 people from ABA entities and non-ABA organizations, 5 nationally recognized speakers, 17 leaders from our Division, ABA staff members, and volunteer law students.  

Incorporating the productive discussions, recommendations, and actions items generated at the Opioid Summit, a Report (including 9 recommendations and 45 action points) was prepared by Mary W. Carter, Ph.D., of Towson University College of Health Professions.  She served on the Summit’s planning committee and was one of the Summit speakers.  Here’s the link to the Report and other documents that were prepared for the Summit: ambar.org/opioid.

As a follow-up to the Opioid Summit and the Report, an Opioid Initiative Task Force was created by the Senior Lawyers Division with participants from the Summit.  During the 2018-2019 bar year, the Task Force will use the Report, recommendations, and action points to collaborate with ABA entities and others to propose policy resolutions and statements addressing the opioid crisis which affects our ola: our life, health, and well-being.

 

Marvin S.C. Dang

Marvin S.C. Dang  is the managing member of Law Offices of Marvin S.C. Dang, LLLC in Honolulu, Hawaii and has been an attorney since 1978.  He’s currently 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.  During the past 42 years, he’s held leadership positions in various ABA divisions and sections.  A former legislator in the Hawaii State House of Representatives, he’s now a registered lobbyist.  His law firm’s practice areas include legislation, lobbying, creditors’ rights, and real estate matters.  He received his law degree from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.