April 30, 2019 CHAIR'S COLUMN

Chair's Column: April 2019

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 say “mahalo” (thank you) for reading the April 2019 edition of our SLD’s Voice of Experience e-newsletter.

Commencing with my Chair’s column in August 2018, I’ve introduced monthly a Hawaiian word or phrase which I’ve linked to activities in our Division. This month’s Hawaiian phrase is “na poʻe pa‘ahana” -- the hard working people.

April is National Volunteer Month in the United States. This designation began as part of President George H. W. Bush’s 1000 Points of Light campaign in 1991 to support volunteerism. National Volunteer Month recognizes the volunteers in our communities and encourages volunteering.

I want to thank our SLD members who volunteer countless hours — not only in April, but throughout the year ― with local, state, and national organizations, including with our Division.

Our volunteers and our SLD staff enable us to produce our monthly Voice of Experience e-newsletters, publish our quarterly Experience magazine, and release new books.

The volunteers on the SLD’s Voice of Experience e-newsletter Board (Chair Jim Schwartz; Vice Chair Ed Schoenbaum; members Jeffrey M. Allen, Richard Goodwin, Ashley Hallene, Donna J. Jackson, Kerry R. Peck, jennifer j. rose, and Norman Tabler; and Special Advisor David Godfrey) regularly meet via conference calls. With our SLD staff, they create these monthly e-newsletters which feature an array of articles with practical information and about hot topics written by volunteers. Past e-newsletters can be found here: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/senior_lawyers/publications/voice_of_experience/

Volunteers on our Experience magazine Board are led by Chair Michael Van Zandt and Vice Chair Jeff Allen. They and editor Gabriella Filisko quarterly publish our flagship magazine in which experienced volunteer 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: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/senior_lawyers/publications/experience/

The volunteers on the SLD’s Book Board include Chair Kerry Peck and Vice Chair Ashley Hallene. Recently published books include:

Information about many other popular and best-selling SLD books is here: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/senior_lawyers/publications/

Alert: Our Division’s next book, Second Acts for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers edited by jennifer j. rose, is scheduled for release in June. Seventeen experienced lawyers volunteered to write 21 chapters in this book which provides guidance for those contemplating transitioning from practicing law to doing something else. Be on the lookout for this 230 page book.

Volunteers on our SLD committees meet in person, through conference calls, and via e-mails.

And volunteers are organizing our Spring Meeting in New York City from May 2 through May 4 and our Annual Meeting in San Francisco from August 8 through August 10.

Please visit our website at this link for our events and resources: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/senior_lawyers/.

Interested in volunteering? There’s many opportunities for experienced lawyers like you to share your invaluable experiences, knowledge, and insights. We welcome your assistance in writing articles, authoring books, or volunteering for one of our practice and substantive law committees.

To join our team of SLD volunteers –  “na poʻe pa‘ahana” or the hard working people -- please e-mail your interest to our Division’s staff at abasrlawyers@americanbar.org.


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.