December 18, 2018 Chair's Column

Chair's Column: December 2018

Marvin S.C. Dang

Aloha (greetings) from Honolulu, Hawaii!

As the Chair of the Senior Lawyers Division for the 2018-2019 bar year, I thank you for reading the December 2018 edition of our Division’s Voice of Experience e-newsletter.

Starting with my Chair’s column in August 2018, I’ve introduced a Hawaiian word or phrase every month, and I’ve linked that word or phrase to activities in our Division.

On the eve of the new year, I want to wish you a Hau'oli Makahiki Hou (pronounced how-oh-lee ma-ka-he-key ho). This phrase means “Happy New Year.”

As you prepare the inevitable New Year’s resolutions, please consider adding some Senior Lawyers Division (SLD) items to your checklist:

Buy an SLD book.

Our recent books (which can be purchased with member discounts) include:

Read the SLD’s monthly Voice of Experience e-newsletters, including the Chair’s Column.

These e-newsletters feature an array of articles with practical information and about hot topics. Past e-newsletters can be found here:

Write an article for the SLD’s Voice of Experience e-newsletter.

Click here for the Publication Guidelines and to submit an article:

If you have questions, you can e-mail the SLD staff at

Read the SLD’s quarterly Experience magazine.

In this flagship publication, experienced authors share their knowledge about timely topics such as succession planning, managing millennials, planning for retirement, and weathering tax changes. Here’s the link to the magazine’s archive:

Make a charitable donation to the SLD’s Program Support Fund of the ABA Fund for Justice and Education.

Your contribution to the Program Support Fund will enable the SLD to continue to produce public service and educational programs covering many timely issues. For more information, go to this link:

You can donate any amount of money

Join an SLD committee and be an active volunteer.

Here’s the link to the list of SLD committees:

Please e-mail your interest in becoming an active volunteer to the SLD staff at

Mark your calendar for 2019 SLD events.

Consider attending:

  • January 25-26: ABA Midyear Meeting and SLD Council Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 1-4: SLD Spring Meeting (jointly with the ABA Section of Litigation and the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division) and SLD Council Meeting, New York City, New York
  • June 2-3: SLD’s U.S. Supreme Court Trip to be newly admitted during a ceremony at a session of the Court, Washington, D.C.
  • August 8-10: ABA Annual Meeting and SLD Council Meeting, San Francisco, California

Visit the SLD website regularly.

Click here to access the SLD’s website to get news, updates, and other invaluable information:

Thank you for being a member of the Senior Lawyers Division.  Keep us in mind during 2019.

Have a Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!


Marvin S.C. Dang
2018-19 Chair, ABA Senior Lawyers Division

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.

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