|Hawaii Supreme Court|
|Title:||Former associate justice|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Ben Cayetano|
|Past post:||Judge, Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals|
|Past post 2:||Judge, O`ahu First Circuit Court, Hawaii|
|Past term 2:||1980-1994|
|Born:||March 11, 1944|
|Undergraduate:||University of Hawai`i, 1966|
|Law School:||Northwestern University Law School, 1969|
Simeon R. Acoba, Jr. is a former associate justice of the five member Hawaii Supreme Court. He was first appointed to the court in the state's Commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection on May 19, 2000 by Governor Ben Cayetano. His current term was to expire on May 18, 2020, however, Acoba retired from the court at the end of March 2014, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.
- 2000-2014: Justice, Hawaii Supreme Court
- 1994-2000: Judge, Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals
- 1980-1994: Judge, O`ahu First Circuit Court, Hawaii
- 1979-1980: Per Diem Judge, Hawaii First District Court
- 1975-1979: Special Counsel for OSHA, Campaign Spending Commission, and the Public Utilities Commission
- 1970-1975: Special Assistant, University of Hawai`i
- 1969-1970: Law clerk, Hawaii Supreme Court
Awards and associations
- 2013: Dwight D. Opperman Award for Judicial Excellence from the American Judicature Society
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Acoba received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.83, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.29 that justices received in Hawaii. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Supreme Court of Hawai`i website
- Asian Journal, "Justice Simeon R. Acoba, Jr.: The 3rd Filipino-American appointed to Hawaii's Supreme Court," June 29, 2010
- Honolulu Advertiser, "Justices' tense relationship 'needs some work'," November 25, 2003
- Star Bulletin, "Nothing but praise for a 'regular guy'"
- Star-Advertiser, "Star-Advertiser sues governor over disclosure of names of judicial candidates," August 23, 2011
- Biography of Simeon Acoba
- CT Post, "Governor to make 3rd appointment to Supreme Court," January 28, 2014
- ECONOMIC expert.com, "Simeon R. Acoba, Jr."
- American Judicature Society, "News Release - Justice Simeon Acoba of Hawaii to Receive National Award," September 4, 2013
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
|Former||Ronald Moon • Steven Levinson • Simeon Acoba • James E. Duffy, Jr. •|