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Richard T. Haik

Richard Theodore Haik.
Judge of the Louisiana 16th Judicial District in New Iberia, Louisiana
In office
Preceded by John M. Duhe, Jr.
U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana
Assumed office
June 14, 1991
Preceded by John M. Duhe, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1950-03-01) March 1, 1950 (age 64)
Lafayette, Louisiana
Spouse(s) Kathleen Haik
Relations Sister Suzanne Haik Terrell

Brother Ted Haik

Children Elizabeth Haik

Richard T. Haik, Jr.
Mary Carolyn Haik

Residence Lafayette, Louisiana
Alma mater University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Occupation Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Service/branch Louisiana Army National Guard

Richard Theodore Haik (born March 1, 1950) is a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, based in Lafayette, Louisiana.


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 lettermen 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 J.D. 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.

Judge Haik and his wife, Kathleen, have three children, Elizabeth, Richart T. Haik, Jr., and Mary Carolyn. He is an ardent Ragin' Cajuns football fan and an avid big-game hunter.

Judicial career

In 1984, Haik was elected as a state district judge for the 16th Judicial District in New Iberia to the seat vacated by John M. Duhe, 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.

On April 11, 1991, Judge Haik was nominated to his current position by President George Herbert Walker Bush to the seat vacated by John Duhe. This was the second time that Haik assumed a bench vacated by Judge Duhe. Instead Duhe 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.

External links

  • Federal Judicial Center.
  • Website of the Western District of Louisiana federal courts
  • Interview with Judge Haik
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