Thursday, April 27, 2006


DH: Haigler sworn in as federal judge Friday

DH joining First-Central Presbyterian ChurchABILENE, April 27 -- Texas lawyer Dave Haigler, right, will be sworn in as a federal admin-istrative law judge in Abilene on Friday at 4 p.m. in the federal courtroom at 341 Pine, second floor, by District Judge Thomas M. Wheeler.

A dutch-treat dinner roasting the new judge will be held at Harlows Smokehouse at 2002 N. Clack St. at 5 p.m. after the swearing in. "This will give my friends a last chance to poke fun at me before I can hold them in contempt," Haigler quipped. "And I am highly honored that Judge Wheeler would swear me in."

Haigler has been assigned as a judge to the Dallas region, effective May 15, the U.S. Office of Hearings & Appeals has announced. He will attend 3 weeks of training in Shreveport and then 4 weeks of training in Baltimore. His wife Becky will complete 24 years of teaching this year and retire from her job as Spanish teacher at Cooper High School.

"It's something I've wanted to do for over ten years," Haigler said. "I'm flattered and humbled by this honor."

Haigler has been a mediator and arbitrator in addition to being a lawyer practicing in Abilene for over 20 years.

"We'll miss our good friends here," Haigler said. "But it's an opportunity not to be missed."

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