October 30, 2018 Chair's Column

Chair's Column: October 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 want to thank you for reading the October 2018 issue of our Division’s Voice of Experience e-newsletter.

Beginning with my Chair’s column in August 2018, I’ve introduced you to a Hawaiian word each month, and I’ve connected that word to activities in our Division. If you missed them, here’s the link to my August column with the word “ola,” which means life, health, and well-being. And here’s the link to my September column featuring the word “laulima” -- teamwork, cooperation, and working together for a common goal.

For this month’s column, I want to share the Hawaiian word i mua. That means to move forward or to move ahead toward a goal.

As I noted in September, for the 2018-2019 bar year which runs from August 2018 to August 2019, I selected the goals of “W-I-S-E”:

  • "W” represents “Well-being.
  • "I” refers to “Innovative.”
  • S” stands for “Service.
  • E” means “Experience.

Our Division is definitely moving forward toward our goals.

For example, we’ve innovatively revamped our monthly Voice of Experience e-newsletter both visually and substantively. Informative articles are written by experienced attorneys for you. Here’s the link to the archive of past e-newsletters.

I want to give a “shout out” to those who have labored diligently to produce this year’s e-newsletters: Voice of Experience (VOE) Board Chair James L. Schwartz; VOE Board Vice Chair Edward Schoenbaum; VOE Board Members Jeffrey M. Allen, Richard Goodwin, Ashley Hallene, Donna J. Jackson, Kerry R. Peck, jennifer j. rose, and Norman Tabler; VOE Special Advisor David Godfrey; SLD Director Emily Roschek; and SLD Program Associate Lexie Heinemann. Thank you for your service!

As our Division moves forward in this bar year, we have many opportunities for you  -- the 60,000 SLD members – to share your experiences, knowledge, and insights. 

If writing articles is your forte, please consider doing so for our Voice of Experience e-newsletter or our Experience magazine. We also are seeking experienced authors for SLD books.

If you’re interested in committee activities, the Division’s practice and substantive law committees need your assistance.

I’m inviting you to volunteer by logging into “myABA”  and clicking on SLD committees under "My Specialty Group Memberships & Committees." Or you can simply e-mail your interest in volunteering to the SLD staff at abasrlawyers@americanbar.org.

Please join our Senior Lawyers Division’s team of volunteers. Our Division will continue its successes with volunteers like you as we move forward and move ahead toward our goals. I mua!

Marvin S.C. Dang
2018-19 Chair, 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 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. Over the past 42 years, beginning as a law student member of the ABA, he’s held leadership positions in various ABA divisions: Law Student Division, Young Lawyers Division, General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division, and Senior Lawyers Division. 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.