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Governor announces Supreme Court pick

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced Judge Richard Pollack as his nomination for Associate Justice to the Hawaii Supreme Court.

"I am confident that the core values of the constitution and Hawai'i are well met in Judge Pollack," stated Governor Abercrombie.

"I am extremely honored by the Governor's nomination," said Judge Pollack.  "It is deeply gratifying to be nominated to our State's highest court whose decisions can have such a beneficial effect on the lives of our island people."  

Judge Pollack, 61, has been serving as a judge in the Circuit Court since 2000, presiding over the civil and criminal trial calendar. During that time period, he served as a substitute justice and substitute Intermediate Court of Appeals judge on numerous occasions.

Pollack was nominated to the Circuit Court in 2000 by Governor Ben Cayetano. 

Prior to his appointment to the Circuit Court, Judge Pollack served as a state public defender. Judge Pollack has also served as a lecturer in law at the William S. Richardson School of Law.

A justice's nomination is subject to confirmation by the State Senate.  If nominated Pollack would fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice James E. Duffy Jr. 

Judge Pollack earned a B.A. with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his J.D. from Hastings School of Law in San Francisco.

Judge Pollack is Governor Abercrombie's second appointment to the Supreme Court.  Following Senate confirmation of the Governor's appointment, Judge Sabrina S. McKenna was sworn in as Associate Justice to the State Supreme Court in March 2011.

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