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10 Fun Facts About Judge Glenda Hatchett



We have a wonderful guest post for you today by Judge Glenda Hatchett, television personality and author of her new self-help book, Dare to Take Charge: How to Live Your Life on Purpose (Center Street). You can visit Judge Hatchett’s website at

10 Fun Facts About Judge Glenda Hatchett

by Judge Glenda Hatchett

  1. Author of National Best-Selling book “Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say”
  2. Received a “Made in NY” award in 2005 for her contribution to New York City’s daytime television community
  3. Serves as a National Spokesperson for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
  4. Named one of the “100 Best & Brightest Women in Corporate America” by Ebony Magazine
  5. Best known nationally for her “creative sentencing” and revolutionary “interventions”
  6. Became Georgia’s first African-American chief presiding judge of a state court
  7. Recognized by the National Bar Association as Outstanding Jurist of the Year
  8. Received the Roscoe Pound Award, the highest award for outstanding work in criminal justice, from the National Council on Crime & Delinquency
  9. Received the Outstanding Community Service award from the Spelman College Board of Trustees
  10. Received the NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall award

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 8th season (Sony Pictures Television), and is author of the national best-seller, “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), and The Service Master Company.

Presently, Glenda Hatchett is a board member of the Atlanta Falcons Football Organization and serves on the Board of Advisors for Play Pumps International. She also serves on the Boys and Girls Clubs of America National Board of Governors and she resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her two sons.

Her latest book is Dare to Take Charge: How to Live Your Life on Purpose.

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