Associate Justice Simeon R. Acoba, Jr.
May 19, 2010 – May 18, 2020
Simeon R. Acoba, Jr. was sworn in as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawai`i on May 19, 2000. Justice Acoba served as a judge of the Intermediate Court of Appeals of Hawai`i from May 26, 1994 to May 18, 2000.
Following completion of law school, Justice Acoba served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice, in 1970 he joined the University of Hawai`i as special assistant to President Harlan Cleveland, and in 1971 he served as a deputy attorney general.
Justice Acoba was in private practice from 1973 to 1980. From 1975 to 1977, he served as special counsel to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health for Hawai`i. In addition, he was special counsel to the Campaign Spending Commission and the Public Utilities Commission.
In 1979, Justice Acoba was appointed by Chief Justice Richardson as a per diem judge in the District Court of the First Circuit. In 1980, he was elevated to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit, where he served until his appointment to the Intermediate Court of Appeals in 1994.
Justice Acoba is a 1962 graduate of Farrington High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawai`i in 1966 and his law degree from Northwestern University Law School in 1969.