Richard W. Pollack was sworn in as an Associate Justice on August 6, 2012. Prior to his appointment to the Hawai`i Supreme Court, he served as a judge of the Circuit Court of the First Circuit from May 10, 2000.
Justice Pollack was a deputy public defender for the State of Hawai`i from 1980 until his appointment as the State Public Defender on February 3, 1987. He served in that capacity until his appointment to the circuit court bench.
Since 1990, Justice Pollack has been an adjunct professor at the University of Hawai`i, William S. Richardson School of Law. He currently teaches courses in the law of Evidence and Criminal Procedure.
Associate Justice Pollack received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and law degree from Hastings College of the Law.