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Judge Glenda Hatchett

Known from her nationally syndicated television show "Judge Hatchett" and Child Advocate

Nobody gets results like Judge Glenda Hatchett. A visionary on the bench, she is renowned for her unique way of determining justice in an innovative, authoritative manner. Well known for her award-winning show, Judge Hatchett, she was lauded for her creative sentencing and powerful administration of justice. With a groundbreaking approach to courtroom television, she…

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Nobody gets results like Judge Glenda Hatchett. A visionary on the bench, she is renowned for her unique way of determining justice in an innovative, authoritative manner.

Well known for her award-winning show, Judge Hatchett, she was lauded for her creative sentencing and powerful administration of justice. With a groundbreaking approach to courtroom television, she delivered revolutionary interventions where litigants “do time” with successful community leaders and professionals from the workforce, the arts, social activism, public service, and athletics.

A jurist beyond reproach, her experience as the first African American Chief Presiding Judge of Atlanta’s Fulton County Juvenile Court catapulted her to the forefront of the national justice system.

The recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Judge Hatchett was recognized as Outstanding Jurist of the Year by the National Bar Association after only her first year on the bench. In 2003, the Court Appointed Special Advocates deemed her their National Spokesperson. She is the recipient of the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award and founded the Truancy Intervention Project, which enlists the help of legal volunteers to provide early intervention with truants. In addition, Hatchett – a former senior attorney and manager of public relations for Delta Air Lines, as well as a board member of several Fortune 500 companies – was named among “100 of the Best and Brightest in Corporate America” by Ebony magazine.

Most recently, Hatchett announced the formation of the Hatchett Firm – specializing in risk and crisis management, as well as innovative and effective closing and settlement strategies. The firm will also engage a national network of Attorneys to handle complex civil litigation specializing in catastrophic injuries and mass tort litigation.

Ever the dedicated professional, Judge Hatchett says her most important accomplishment has been her ability to impact the lives of troubled youths and their families. She is the author of Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say and Dare to Take Charge, an account of the important life lessons she has learned from her years on the bench, including what it means to be daring and intentional when seeking your goals, the dangers of a rigid life plan, and why the past is not a prison.

A frequent speaker for nonprofit as well as corporate events, Judge Glenda Hatchett delivers keynotes and leads leadership sessions with the same compassion and authority that marked her distinguished career.

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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.

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