The Honorable Lois Haight

Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department retired


The Hon. Lois Haight (Ret.) was a judge for the Contra Costa County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the Superior Court by former Governor Pete Wilson in 1993 and retired from the bench in 2019.

She was registered as a Republican.

Haight received her B.A. from the University of California, Davis. She went on to earn her LL.B. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Haight worked as an assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of the Attorney General from 1983 to 1986. During her time there, she was credited with creating the A.G.'s Task Force on Family Violence in 1984. Before joining the A.G.'s office in Washington, D.C., Haight worked as a deputy district attorney for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office from 1976 to 1981.

Early in her career, she worked in private practice from 1967 to 1975, as a San Francisco Juvenile Hall counselor from 1963 to 1965, and a San Joaquin County probation officer in 1962.

She served as a special correspondent for President Ronald Reagan's National Correspondent to the United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders from 1983 to 1989. She was also the U.S. Delegate at the United Nations Conferences from 1986 to 1988.

While on the bench, Haight presided over the Juvenile Department and also served as a supervising judge.

She was the past-chair of the White House Conference for a Drug-Free America and the President's Task Force on Victims of Crime.

Her other memberships have included serving on the board of Quest International, U.S.O. International, and Crime Stoppers International.

Her professional committees have included the National Sheriff's Association Standards, Ethics and Education Committee, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Rape Prevention and Control, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, the California Judicial Council, and the Commission on Judicial Performance.

Her awards have included the California Jurist of the Year from the Judicial Council, the Award of Special Honor from the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, the John Heinz Award from the National Organization of Victims Assistance, and the Secretary's Commendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, just to name a few.

During her legal career, Haight has also served as a guest lecturer and speaker.

She is married to John Herrington, who served as the former chairman of the California Republican Party and also served as the personnel director and cabinet secretary of Energy for President Ronald Reagan.

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