In 1991, when Glenda Hatchett accepted an appointment as chief presiding judge of the Fulton County (Georgia) Juvenile Court, she became Georgia’s first African American chiefpresiding judge of a state court as well as head of one of the country’s largest juvenile court systems.
Later, Hatchett brought the wisdom and insights she had gained from her years of experience as a juvenile court judge to the popular nationally syndicated daytime television show Judge Hatchett (Sony Pictures Television, 2000–2008). “The key to Judge Hatchett,” according to the Associated Press, was “its creative sentencing, which takes the defendant (and the viewer) beyond the courtroom for real-life lessons.”
A concern for the difficulties facing troubled children and their families has resonated throughout Hatchett’s career. She is the founder of Parent Power Now, an online resourcefor parents, and the author of two best-selling books: Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say (HarperCollins, 2003) and Dare to Take Charge: How to Live Your Life on Purpose (Center Street, 2010).
After graduating from Emory University School of Law, Hatchett joined Delta Airlines, becoming the company’s highest-ranking African American woman. As a senior attorneyand manager of public relations, she oversaw global crisis management and media relations for Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Her contributions at Delta led Ebony magazine to name her one of the “100 Best and Brightest Women in Corporate America.”
Mount Holyoke awarded Hatchett an honorary degree in 2000. She has been named Outstanding Jurist of the Year by the National Bar Association, and is a recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award from the NAACP, the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Spelman College Board of Trustees, and the Emory Medal, the highest award given to alumni of Emory University.