August 27, 2019 CHAIR'S COLUMN

Outgoing Chair's Column August 2019

By Marvin S.C. Dang

Aloha (greetings) from Honolulu, Hawaii!

As the 2018-2019 Chair of the Senior Lawyers Division, I’m pleased that you’re reading this August 2019 edition of the SLD’s Voice of Experience e-newsletter.

Starting a year ago with my August 2018 Chair’s column, I’ve included a Hawaiian word or phrase which I’ve tied to activities in the SLD.

Below, with some modifications and with Hawaiian words, is my Chair’s Column from the July/August 2019 issue of Experience, which is the Division’s quarterly magazine.

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

With my term as the 2018-2019 Chair of our ABA Senior Lawyers Division “pau” (Hawaiian word for “finished or completed”) in August, I want to say “mahalo” (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 nearly 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’ve been instrumental with producing the quarterly Experience magazines headed by Editorial Board Chair Michael J. Van Zandt; preparing the monthly Voice of Experience e-newsletters helmed by Editorial Board Chair James L. Schwartz; and publishing SLD books under the guidance of Book Board leaders John Hardin Young and Kerry Peck.

I want to express my mahalo to the team of SLD officers who’ve collaborated with me throughout this bar year 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, Marketing Specialist Tracey Moore, Program Associate Joshua Wolff, and former Program Associate Lexie Heinemann.

I’m pleased our Division continues to be a leader in addressing the opioid crisis []. In Chicago on September 27, 2018, we received the ABA Section Officers Conference’s Collaboration Award. Earlier this year on January 28, 2019, the ABA House of Delegates adopted the SLD’s Resolution 108 containing the recommendations and action points in the SLD report, Experienced Lawyers, American Families, and the Opioid Crisis–Report of the Opioid Summit May 2018.

And we’ve organized educational programs dealing with the opioid crisis and with recommended solutions. At the SLD 2019 Spring Meeting, which we jointly held with the ABA Litigation Section and the ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division in New York on May 2, we presented a one-hour ethics CLE on ethical considerations in dealing with clients and colleagues battling opioid use. On August 10 during the recent ABA 2019 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the ABA Health Law Section and the SLD jointly sponsored a CLE showcase program focused on responding to the national opioid crisis.

For the upcoming 2019-2020 bar year under the leadership of my successor, Al Harvey, the SLD will continue to produce our monthly Voice of Experience e-newsletters, publish our quarterly Experience magazines, release new books, and present educational programs. Our SLD committees will meet through conference calls, via e-mails, and in person.

Please visit our website for our Division’s events and resources at You can also follow us on Facebook.

To join our team of volunteers, please e-mail your interest to our SLD staff at

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

Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much)!

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Marvin S.C. Dang is the managing member of Law Offices of Marvin S.C. Dang, LLLC in Honolulu, Hawaii and has been a lawyer 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.