By BJ Reyes
City Councilman Stanley Chang, the only declared candidate for Hawaii's 1st District in Congress, says he has allowed his membership in the Hawaii State Bar Association to lapse because he no longer plans to practice law.
Because he has not paid his annual dues, his membership has been suspended. According to the rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii, attorneys must be in good standing with the HSBA in order to practice in the state.
Said Chang in an emailed statement:
"Public service is my life's work. I have not practiced law since 2009 and have allowed my HSBA membership to lapse as I have no plans to practice law in the future."