February 26, 2019

Register Now for the 2019 ABA Day in Washington, D.C.

Marvin S.C. Dang

ABA Day in Washington, D.C. is the American Bar Association’s annual “lobby day” event on Capitol Hill.

As a member the ABA Day Planning Committee since 2016 and as the Chair of the ABA Senior Lawyers Division, I urge you to register now to participate in the 2019 ABA Day, which runs from Tuesday, April 9 through Thursday, April 11.

This will be the 9th year that I will be traveling nearly 5,000 miles from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Washington, D.C. to advocate on Capitol Hill for issues of importance to our legal profession.

During last year’s ABA Day, other ABA members and I advocated for funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and for preserving the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Grants from the Legal Services Corporation go to civil legal aid programs in our communities (such as the Legal Aid Society in my home state of Hawaii). These programs provide civil legal assistance to those on incomes near or below the poverty line.

Of particular interest to ABA Senior Lawyers Division members, the LSC grants assist senior citizens, veterans, natural disaster victims, and many others. The types of services provided include income maintenance (social security, disability, veterans’ benefits, unemployment), housing matters (tenants, natural disaster displacement), consumer issues (deceptive practices, contracts, warranties), and family law matters (domestic violence, custody, support, guardianship).

While the advocacy issues for 2019 will be announced shortly, LSC funding will continue to be one of them.

Here’s the link to the ABA Day schedule: https://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/governmental_legislative_work/aba-day/meeting-schedule/

And here’s the link to the ABA Day webpage for more information and to register: https://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/governmental_legislative_work/aba-day/

There is a $50 registration fee after March 8.

I also encourage you to sign up for the Justice Awards Reception and Dinner on Wednesday, April 10. ABA President Bob Carlson will present the ABA Justice Awards to various members of Congress in appreciation of their support for issues of importance to the ABA and the administration of justice.

The Justice Awards Reception and Dinner is a ticketed event ($125 per person) at the International Spy Museum at L'Enfant Plaza, 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, D.C. Ticket sales will close on Thursday, April 4 at 12:00 a.m. EDT (midnight). You can buy your tickets when registering for ABA Day.

I hope that you will join me for the 2019 ABA Day in Washington, D.C.

Author

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.