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Simeon Rivera Acoba

Simeon Rivera Acoba, state supreme court justice, educator. Bar: Hawaii 1969, United States District Court Hawaii, United States Court Appeals (9th circuit). Recipient Liberty Bell award, 1964.


  • Acoba, Simeon Rivera was born on March 11, 1944 in Honolulu. Son of Simeon R. and Martina (Domingo) A.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Hawaii, 1966. Juris Doctor, Northwestern University, Chicago, 1969.


    • Law clerk Hawaii Supreme Court, Honolulu, 1969-1970. Housing officer University Hawaii, 1970-1971. Deputy attorney general State of Hawaii, 1971-1973.

      Private practice, 1973-1980. Judge 1st Circuit Court Hawaii, 1980-1994, Intermediate Court Appeals Hawaii, Honolulu, 1994-2000. Associate justice Hawaii Supreme Court, since 2000.

      Attorney on special contract division Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Department Labor, Honolulu, 1975—1977, Public Utilities division, State of Hawaii, 1976—1977. Campaign spending committee State of Hawaii, 1976. Staff attorney Hawaii State Legislature, 1975.

      Instructor criminal law Hawaii Pacific University, since 1992.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Hawaii 1969, United States District Court Hawaii, United States Court Appeals (9th circuit).


    Board directors Hawaii Mental Health Association, 1975—1977, Nuuanu Young Men’s Christian Association, 1975—1978, Hawaii Youth at Risk, 1990—1991. Member Governor's Conference on Year 2000, Honolulu, 1970, Citizens Committee on Administration of Justice, 1972, State Drug Abuse Commission, 1975—1976, Committee to Consider the Adoption of American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct, 1989—1991, Judicial Education Committee, 1992—1993, Hawaii State Bar Association Judicial Administration Committee, 1992—1994, Permanent Committee Rules Penal Procedure and Circuit Court Rules, 1992—1996. Subcommittee chairman Supreme Court Committee Pattern Jury Instructions, 1990—1991.

    Member Hawaii Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee Jury Master List, 1991—1992. Chairman Access to Justice Commission. Member of American Judicature Society (member court security committee Hawaii chapter since 2006, member awards committee, Hawaii chapter since 2007), Hawaii State Bar Association, Hawaii Bar Association (director young lawyers section 1973, ethics award committee since 2005).


    • father: Simeon R. A..
    • mother: Martina (Domingo) A..
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    Born March 11, 1944
    (age 73)