- Simeon R. Acoba, Jr.
Simeon R. Acoba, Jr. (born
March 11, 1944), has been an Associate Justiceon the Hawaii State Supreme Courtsince 2000. He is the third Filipino-American in the United Statesto hold a seat on a state Supreme Court. Acoba is currently serving his first ten-year term, which expires in 2010. Acoba is a member of the Hawaii Democratic Party.
Acoba graduated from
Farrington High Schoolin 1962. He later attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he was instrumental in bringing Martin Luther King, Jr.to speak on campus. After earning his bachelor's degreeat the University of Hawaii, Acoba attended law schoolat the Northwestern University School of Law, earning a Juris Doctordegree there.
In 1969, Acoba returned to Honolulu to become a law clerk for Hawaii State Supreme Court Chief Justice
William S. Richardson. In 1970, he left this position to become a special assistant to University of Hawaii President Harlan Cleveland.
From 1971 to 1973, Acoba was deputy Attorney General of Hawaii. Upon leaving the state administration, Acoba ran a private practice until 1983. For a brief period, he was also majority staff attorney for the
Hawaii State House of Representatives.
In 1979, Acoba became a district court judge. Later, Governor
George Ariyoshiappointed Acoba to the Hawaii State Judiciaryas a circuit court judge. Governor John Waihee elevated Acoba in 1994 to the Hawaii State Intermediate Court of Appeals, the second highest court. Later, Governor Benjamin J. Cayetanoappointed Acoba to the Hawaii State Supreme Court. Acoba was sworn in on May 19, 2000.
His term expires on
May 18, 2010.
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