Retired Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Associate Justice Simeon R. Acoba, Jr. is currently a lecturer at the UH Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law.
Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court in May 2000, he was an associate judge on the Intermediate Court of Appeals from 1994–2000, a circuit court judge from 1980–1994 and a district court judge from 1979–1980.
Acoba started his career as a law clerk for Chief Justice William Richardson, before serving as special assistant to UH President Harlan Cleveland, a deputy attorney general and engaging in the private practice of law.
He is the founding chair of the Hawaiʻi Access to Justice (ATJ) Commission and is currently chair of the commission’s Judiciary’s Strategic Planning Committee. Acoba is also co-chair of the Judicial Administration Committee of the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association and director of the Hawaiʻi Justice Foundation and the Mediation Center of the Pacific.
A graduate of Farrington High School, Acoba received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaiʻi and his juris doctor degree from the Northwestern University School of Law.