Richard T. Haik

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Richard Theodore Haik
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Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
In office
March 6, 2015 – January 15, 2016
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
In office
2002–2009
Preceded by F. A. Little Jr.
Succeeded by Robert G. James
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
In office
May 30, 1991 – March 6, 2015
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by John Malcolm Duhé Jr.
Judge of the Louisiana
16th Judicial District
In office
1984–1991
Preceded by John Malcolm Duhé Jr.
Personal details
Born Richard Theodore Haik
(1950-03-01) March 1, 1950 (age 68)
Lafayette, Louisiana
Relations Suzanne Haik Terrell, sister
Ted Haik, brother
Residence Lafayette, Louisiana
Education University of Louisiana at Lafayette (B.S.)
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (J.D.)

Richard Theodore Haik Sr. (born March 1, 1950) is a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Background[edit]

One of four children of Theodore Michael Haik, Sr., and the former Margaret Hannie, both deceased, Richard Haik was born in Lafayette but reared in New Iberia, Louisiana. He graduated in 1968 from Catholic High School in New Iberia, where he was a three-year letterman in football and an all-state defensive end/fullback. In 1971, he received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, then named the University of Southwestern Louisiana, where he was a four-year letterman in football for the Ragin' Cajuns. He received his Juris Doctor in 1975 from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. He was in the private practice of law in New Iberia from 1975 to 1984. From 1971 to 1978, he was a member of the Louisiana Army National Guard; from 1980 to 1984, he was a reserve captain in the United States Army.[1]

Personal[edit]

Haik and his wife, Kathleen, have three children. Elizabeth, Richard, and Mary Carolyn. Kathleen and Haik have 9 grandchildren. Elizabeth had 4 children. Avery, Caroline, Coleman, and Mills Johnson. Richard had 2 children, and Mary Carolyn had 3 children.

Judicial career[edit]

In 1984, Haik was elected as a state district judge for the 16th Judicial District in New Iberia to the seat vacated by John Malcolm Duhé Jr., who became a federal district judge for the Western District of Louisiana under appointment from then U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan. Haik served on the state court until 1991.[1]

On April 11, 1991, Judge Haik was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana by President George H. W. Bush to the seat vacated by John Malcolm Duhé Jr. This was the second time that Haik assumed a bench vacated by Judge Duhé. Instead Duhé was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. Judge Haik was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 24, 1991, received his commission six days later, and was sworn in as a federal judge on June 14, 1991. He served as Chief Judge of the district court from 2002 until June 1, 2009. He assumed senior status on March 6, 2015.[2] He retired from active service on January 15, 2016.[1]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
John Malcolm Duhé Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
1991–2015
Vacant
Preceded by
F. A. Little Jr.
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
2002–2009
Succeeded by
Robert G. James