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Nationally renowned judge to speak for Women's History Month

Judge Glenda Hatchett
The Honorable Glenda Hatchett

The Honorable Glenda Hatchett, an Atlanta native who presided as television's Judge Hatchett and broke many barriers throughout her career as a lawyer and judge, will be speaking March 12 at the University of North Georgia (UNG) to mark Women's History Month.

Sponsored by UNG's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Hatchett will speak beginning at noon in the Hoag Auditorium on the university's Dahlonega Campus. The event will be telecast live to all four UNG campuses.

Perhaps best-known nationally as Judge Hatchett from her Emmy-nominated reality court show by the same name, Hatchett also served many years as a lawyer and judge. In 1990, she became the first African-American chief presiding judge of a Georgia state court when she was appointed as chief presiding judge of Fulton County Juvenile Court. She also has penned two national best-selling novels, "Dare To Take Charge" and "Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say."

Hatchett has straightforward advice for college women preparing to make their way in the world: "Dare to be who you are. Be bold, be decisive, be authentic. Dare to live your life with purpose and passion."

Hatchett graduated from Emory University School of Law as an Earl Warren Scholar and, after a stint as a clerk in the U.S. Federal Courts, was hired by Delta Airlines as the company's highest-ranking African-American woman. She was responsible for dual roles at Delta for a decade, litigating cases in federal courts around the country as senior attorney and supervising global crisis management and media relations as manager of public relations. For her work at Delta, Hatchett was named one of the "100 Best and Brightest Women in Corporate America" by Ebony Magazine.

Hatchett also has been recognized as an Emory Law Outstanding Alumna, NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award winner, Emory Medal Award winner, Mount Holyoke Distinguished Alumna, and Roscoe Pound Award winner. Her show also won a Prism Award for Best Unscripted Non-Fiction Series of Special for Television.

Hatchett is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker and has served as a board member or consultant for many organizations, including the Atlanta Falcons, Great Day Productions, HCA Inc., the National Basketball League, the National Football League, the National Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, The Gap Inc., The ServiceMaster Company, and Court Appointed Special Advocates.

A member of the Georgia Bar and the Bar of the District of Columbia, she also has served as a legal contributor for a number of national news outlets. Hatchett lives in Atlanta with her two sons.

In addition to Hatchett's appearance, a speaker series is planned on UNG's Oconee Campus during Women's History Month. The series wraps up on March 26 with "The Marriage Merry-Go-Round: Marriage and Court Politics in Early Modern England." Beginning at noon, UNG professor Johanna Luthman will be presenting on the story of a very contentious marriage of a young English noblewoman in the 1610s, involving kidnappings, fraud, and royal commands.

Additionally, the Women's History Month Committee and the Office of Multicultural Services have chosen to honor Dr. Barbara McCaskill, associate professor of English at the University of Georgia and co-director of the Civil Rights Digital Library, as an outstanding female leader. McCaskill will speak at the Women's History Month Breakfast, planned for 9 a.m. March 28 on the Gainesville Campus, Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building, Room 3110AB. Also, the film "Miss Representation" will be shown 5:30-7:30 p.m. on March 27 in Nesbitt Room 3110AB and Dr. Phil Guerty will discuss "Tea, Porcelain and Masquerade: Constructing Gender in Late 18th Century Britain" in Nesbitt Room 3110AB noon to 1 p.m. on March 31.

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