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Abilene Lawyer Becomes Federal Judge

By Staff Reporter



Texas lawyer Dave Haigler was sworn in as a federal administrative law judge in Abilene on Friday, March 28, 2006 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 was 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 before the event. “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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