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Simeon Acoba

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Simeon Acoba
Court Information:
Hawaii Supreme Court
Title:   Former associate justice
Salary:  $206,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Ben Cayetano
Active:   2000-2014
Past post:   Judge, Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals
Past term:   1994-2000
Past post 2:   Judge, O`ahu First Circuit Court, Hawaii
Past term 2:   1980-1994
Personal History
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.[1][2][3]


Justice Acoba earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Hawai`i in 1966. He then earned his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University Law School in 1969.[2][4]


Awards and associations

  • 2013: Dwight D. Opperman Award for Judicial Excellence from the American Judicature Society[5]

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices

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.[6]

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