Glenda Hatchett : biography
Glenda A. Hatchett (born May 31, 1951) is the former star of the court show, Judge Hatchett.
Hatchett was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her B.A. in political science from Mount Holyoke College in 1973 and law degree from Emory University School of Law in 1977.
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.
Glenda Hatchett presided over the 2-time Emmy nominated syndicated show, Judge Hatchett which ran for 9 seasons (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.
Judge Hatchett is believed to be of a Yoruba ancestry. Yorubas are one of the predominant tribes in Nigeria.
- She is the national spokesperson for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a program that works towards representing abused or neglected children in the court.
- On an episode of Judge Hatchett, Hatchett had her DNA tested and it was revealed that she has ancestry descending from the Yoruba and Hausa people of Nigeria.Judge Hatchett : Episode
She is involved with the Boys and Girls Club Keystone Program and other teen programs throughout her community.
- Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say! 7 Simple Strategies to Help Our Children Along the Path to Purpose and Possibility (Harper Collins, 2003) (2004 paperback published with subtitle Saving Your Child from a Troubled World.
- Dare to Take Charge (Center Street, 2010)