TV's Judge Glenda Hatchett delivers keynote address at UAH ODMA Fall Student Summit


Judge Glenda Hatchett will deliver the keynote address at UAH Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs fall Student Summit on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The Honorable Judge Glenda Hatchett will deliver the keynote address at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Fall Student Summit on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The event is sponsored by the UAH Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA). Hatchett will speak at 12:30 p.m., in the Shelby Center for Science and Technology room 107. Hatchett's talk is entitled "Dare to Take Charge: How to Live Your Purpose." The event is free and open to the public.

The day-long conference offers tips and strategies for student success at UAH. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and lunch will be provided for students (identification required) from 11:30 a.m., to 12:15 p.m. Register early at to be eligible to win a free laptop computer and door prizes. All students must be currently enrolled.

"Judge Hatchett" is recognized nationally from her reality court show. Hatchett, a former chief presiding judge of the Fulton County Juvenile Court, was the first African-American chief presiding judge of a state court in Georgia, and head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the nation. She left her post in Fulton County to preside over the "Judge Hatchett" show. The reality show lasted for 13 seasons.

She is now a senior attorney with the Hatchett Firm, based in Atlanta. The law firm specializes in risk and crisis management as well as innovative and effective closing and settlement strategies. Hatchett, is a member of the Georgia Bar and the Bar of the District of Columbia.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and The Emory University School of Law (Earl Warren Scholar), Hatchett completed a federal clerkship in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia. She then spent nearly 10 years at Delta Air Lines, where she was the airline's highest-ranking woman of color, serving both as senior attorney and public relations manager.

Currently, Hatchett sits on the Atlanta Falcon's Board of Advisors, and is a consultant to the National Basketball Association. In addition, she continues a commitment to community development through service on the boards of the National Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Club of America, the AfterSchool Alliance and the Women's Resource Center at Spelman College.

Hatchett has received numerous awards and honors including the Roscoe Pound Award for outstanding work in Criminal Justice and the NAACP's Thurgood Marshall Award. Hatchett has also been recognized as an Emory Law Outstanding Alumna, Emory Medal Award Winner and Mount Holyoke Distinguished Alumna. She is the author of two best-selling books "Dare to Take Charge" and "Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say."

Later this year (, Hatchett is headed back to the TV bench with, The Verdict With Judge Hatchett, the follow-up to the show Judge Hatchett.

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