Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Thursday, January 29, 2004


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Judges Haber and Hay Will Retire in Coming Months


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Alan Haber and Margaret Hay have slated retirements from the court, the MetNews learned yesterday.

Haber is retiring Feb. 9 and Hay March 31. Haber was said by a court official to be due back next week from vacation, while Hay could not be reached for comment.

Haber. 60, has been a judge on the court for 18 years. Then-Gov. George Deukmejian tapped him for the bench in 1986 after he had served more than three years as a commissioner of the court.

A graduate of California State University, Northridge and UCLA School of Law, Haber practiced in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 1969 until his election as commissioner. He initially practiced criminal law, but later concentrated and business and real estate matters.

As a commissioner, he heard family law cases, and later criminal matters, in Van Nuys. Before becoming a commissioner, he was an as-needed referee.

He later moved to Santa Monica and became supervising judge of the West District, a post he yielded at the beginning of this year.

Hay, 68, is a native of Glasgow, Scotland who lived in London, England before coming to California in 1969. She graduated from CSU, Fullerton and USC School of Law.

She clerked at the District Attorney’s Office during law school then became a deputy district attorney in 1980. Active in local legal organizations, including the Long Beach Bar Association and Women Lawyers of Long Beach, she was appointed a Long Beach Municipal Court judge by Duekmejian in 1990.

She was elevated to the Superior Court by then-Gov. Pete Wilson in 1992 and was supervising judge of the South District in the late 1990s.


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