Glenda Hatchett Profile

For a decade, millions watched Judge Glenda Hatchett’s compassionate and just rulings on the hit court show Judge Hatchett. As a speaker, the seasoned legal practitioner continues her legacy of combatting social ills and advocating actions to curtail the violence and crime that affect impoverished youth across the nation.

Glenda Hatchett came to national prominence as Delta’s senior attorney and public relation’s manager, the highest-ranking woman of color at the airline company at the time. Ebony named her one of the “100 Best and Brightest Black Women in Corporate America.” After a difficult decision, she left Delta to become Georgia’s first African-American Chief Presiding Judge of a state court and the department head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country. Glenda Hatchett’s charisma and reputation for making wise decisions was the basis for her two time Emmy-award nominated show Judge Hatchett, which ran for ten years and continues to run in syndication.

Currently she is a board member of the Atlanta Falcons Football Organization and the national spokesperson for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a program that works towards representing abused or neglected children in the court. She is a founding partner at the national law firm, The Hatchett Firm, PC and will be returning to television in fall 2016 with a new court show, The Verdict with Judge Hatchett.

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    After graduating from Emory University School of Law and completing a coveted clerkship in the U.S. Federal Courts, Glenda Hatchett accepted a position at Delta Air Lines, as the company’s highest-ranking African-American woman. She served in dual roles as a senior attorney for Delta, litigating cases in federal courts throughout the country, and Manager of Public Relations, supervising global crisis management, and media relations for all of Europe, Asia and the United States. In fact, her outstanding contributions were recognized by Ebony Magazine, which named Glenda Hatchett one of the “100 Best and Brightest Women in Corporate America.”

    She made the difficult decision to leave Delta Air Lines in order to accept an appointment as Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County, Georgia Juvenile Court. Upon accepting the position, Glenda Hatchett became Georgia’s first African-American Chief Presiding Judge of a state court and the department head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country.

    Glenda Hatchett is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and has been recognized as a distinguished alumni and awarded an honorary degree by the college. She also attended Emory University School of Law and because of her commitment to excellence and service within the community, Glenda was awarded the Emory Medal, the highest award given to an alum by the university.

    Currently, Glenda Hatchett presides over the syndicated show, Judge Hatchett currently in its 10th season (Sony Pictures Television), and is the founder of Parent Power Now, the premiere online parenting network. Judge Hatchett is also the author of the national best-sellers Dare to Take Charge (Center Street) which was released in 2010 and Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say(HarperCollins).

    She has previously served on the Board of Directors of Gap, Inc. the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), The Service Master Company, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Presently, Glenda Hatchett is on the Board of Advisors for the Atlanta Falcons Football Organization.

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Respected nationwide for her wise decisions in challenging circumstances, Judge Glenda Hatchett is one of the most admired voices on legal and social issues in the U.S. Drawing from decades at the bench, she delivers powerful lessons regarding the U.S. legal system, the effects of poverty, and the need for hope and perseverance in even the most overwhelming situations. Concerning her presentation style, Glenda Hatchett’s energy, sincerity, and ability to emotionally resonate with audiences has made her a top-rated speaker at several national conferences.

A Promise to Keep
Judge Glenda Hatchett was Georgia's first African-American chief presiding judge of a state court, and the department head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country.

Her prayer, "God, please give me the strength to move my energy from grieving for the children you put before me to helping them" fortifies her daily. Judge Hatchett has had to contend with the grim reality behind these somber statistics: in the past ten years the violent crime rate for those under 18 has grown by more than 60%, while the number of child abuse and neglect cases has doubled. To battle the social ills behind these numbers—poverty, single parent households and families entrenched in a culture of substance abuse—Judge Hatchett has gone beyond her responsibilities as a jurist. She has created many innovative programs to steer young people from troubled lives.

Nationally recognized as an authority on juvenile and social issues and outspoken advocate for children everywhere, Judge Hatchett speaks passionately on what we all need to do to save this and future generations. Her presentations remind us that we need to protect our youth to insure our future.

Dare to Take Charge: How to Live & Lead with Purpose
With the charismatic and outspoken demeanor she cultivated on her show, Judge Hatchett, Judge Glenda Hatchett is excited to share with audiences the life lessons she's learned and witnessed from years on the bench, including:

    • What it means to be daring and intentional when seeking your ultimate objectives.
    • How to bridge the dream gap and more closely align your daily activities with your goals.
    • Why pursuing hope is a powerful choice—and how to do it.
    • The dangers of a rigid life plan, and how to recalculate objectives when necessary.
    • The importance of guilt and the surprising way you can use it to your advantage.
    • How to intentionally incorporate your passion into your actions and decision-making.
    • Why the past is no prison and how to claim healing so you can overcome it.
    • How to stop destructive patterns and make short-term sacrifices to meet long-term goals.
    • How to transform the opportunity of every day into the opportunity of a lifetime.

Other Topics:

    • Juvenile Justice: Reforms or Regrets?
    • The Price of Urban Violence
    • There's a Desperate Cry in the Land Among Our Children

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Books by Glenda Hatchett:

Dare to Take Charge: How to Live Your Life on Purpose
For nearly ten years, Judge Glenda Hatchett has delighted TV audiences with a brand of justice that turns the everyday into something eminently watchable.

Her message can be distilled into the following two words: Dare Yourself. Whatever obstacles or fears one faces, Judge Hatchett’s prescription implores readers to write their own story in this life. With care and conviction, Judge Hatchett uses real life stories from the courtroom and her personal life to counsel readers. Shows them how to find their true purpose and gifts, to be real about their reality and its potential outside of challenging circumstances, and to always be true to themselves.

Interactive as well as inspirational, DARE TO TAKE CHARGE challenges the reader to ask self-reflective questions that lead to moments of self-discovery and a defined pathway to healing. Daring her audience to study the positive with the same interest and intensity that they study the negative, Judge Hatchett uncovers the potential for grace and success in lives that are now punctuated with despair and unfaithfulness.

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say! : Saving Your Child from a Troubled World
Judge Glenda Hatchett served eight years as judge of Fulton County Georgia Juvenile Court. She is Georgia’s first African American chief presiding judge of a state court and was the department head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country. She developed partnerships with community organizations and businesses, including the Boys and Girls Clubs, The Urban League, and others, and helped found the Truancy Intervention Project.

After her first year on the bench, Judge Hatchett was selected as “Outstanding Jurist of the Year” for her pioneering leadership by the National Bar Association’s local affiliate. She was also honored with the Roscoe Pound Award, the highest award for “Outstanding Work in Criminal Justice” from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. The Spelman College Board of Trustees selected Judge Hatchett to receive the Outstanding Community Service Award, and she was honored with the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award. Nationally recognized as an authority on juvenile and social issues, Judge Hatchett frequently delivers speeches and lectures throughout the country.

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