Political Radar

Talkin' about practice

May 20th, 2013

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."

Chang was elected to his first term on the Council in 2010, and by running for Congress is vacating that seat in District 4 (Hawaii Kai-Ala Moana). Chang's suspension was first reported online.

7 Responses to “Talkin' about practice”

  1. galekaminari:

    It seemed that the rules quoted by the Bar Association indicated an Inactive Status was appropriate in the case of someone who is not going to practice law actively, rather than a complete disregarding of the choices offered by the rules and choice of Suspension by Stanley Chang.

    Is it indicative of anything that the young councilman was provided with a Harvard Law School education, presumably by his parents, graduating in 2008, and only practiced law until 2009? Is Stanley Chang thinking that his election to CD1 so guaranteed that his career in Public Service is guaranteed? Am I the only one to find any of this troubling?

  2. Manoa_Fisherman:

    A "suspension" is a sanction for the violation of the licensing provisions for attorneys. It was correctly stated by the previous commentator that the proper procedure for Chang was to place his license on "inactive" status in order to avoid any violation of the laws governing his law licensure. If Chang is so confident he will never practice law, he can now resign from the Hawaii Bar and leave no question of his "commitment" to public service.

  3. ohiaforest3400:

    Ditto both gale and Manoa. You no like practice and pay $500/year, go inactive or resign. TOTALLY lame explanation by Chang.

  4. ohiaforest3400:

    Ditto both gale and Manoa.

    If Chang no like practice and pay $500/year, he should go inactive or resign. By his logic, if he tires of public service, he's not gonna announce that he's not running for reelection, he's just gonna fail to file his nomination papers and let his term expire without saying anything?

    TOTALLY lame explanation by Chang.

  5. ohiaforest3400:

    Sorry for the double post; the page crashed while writing it and must have sent the partial one first.

  6. ohiaforest3400:

    Oh, and one more thing, BJ: nice play on the Allen Iverson rant.

  7. Especially Incognito:

    One just stutters.

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