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Governor names Michael Wilson to state Supreme Court

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:56 p.m. HST, Feb 18, 2014

Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Tuesday nominated Circuit Judge Michael Wilson to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

Wilson would replace Associate Justice Simeon Acoba, who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 next month. Wilson's nomination for a 10-year term on the court is subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

Wilson, 60, is a former state Land Board chairman and consumer advocate who has served on the bench since 2000.

"Both on and off the bench, Judge Wilson is a well-respected leader. I am confident he will serve the state with distinction as he brings a wealth of experience, having served as an attorney and Circuit Court judge," Abercrombie said in a statement.

Wilson, who graduated from Kailua High School, the University of Wisconsin and the Antioch School of Law, is Abercrombie's third appointment to the five-member Supreme Court. Wilson was chosen from a list of potential nominees screened by the state Judicial Selection Commission.

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serfboy wrote:
Congratulations to the Honorable Michael Wilson. I had the opportunity to serve in a jury in his courtroom. He is not only fair but he engages the jury by explaining the process to us. He is also approachable--he is humble and kind. Throw in his efforts outside of his courtroom and he makes an excellent addition to our Hawaii Supreme Court. I'm glad that you are being recognized for your excellence, diligence, and sincerity.
on February 18,2014 | 06:22PM
copperwire9 wrote:
on February 18,2014 | 06:49PM
IkaikaAnderson wrote:
Congratulations Judge Wilson. Best of luck during your Senate confirmation process!
on February 18,2014 | 07:59PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
That's some meteoric rise in a short period of time. From enviromentalist lawyer to state dept head to state judge to supreme court judge.
on February 18,2014 | 08:36PM
MakikiView wrote:
Nice attitude
on February 19,2014 | 05:54AM
hilocal wrote:
saywhatyouthink, 30 years is a "meteoric rise in a short period of time"? Also, his varied background is good: local public school, unusual law school, public-interest law, state administrator, and state judge.
on February 19,2014 | 07:10AM
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