Judge Glenda A. Hatchett has been a corporate lawyer, advocate, author and a judge. She gained fame as the star of the syndicated American arbitration-based reality court show “Judge Hatchett," which was distributed by Sony Pictures Television. The show was cancelled on May 23, 2008, after eight successful seasons. As of January 2016, Judge Hatchett is set to return to television with a new syndicated show called “The Verdict With Judge Hatchett.”
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 31, 1951, Judge Glenda Hatchett is the founding partner of The Hatchett Firm, PC, a national law firm. She attended the Mount Holyoke College and graduated with a bachelor of arts in political science in 1973. In 2000, the college awarded her an honorary degree recognizing her as a distinguished alumnus. In 1977, she received a juris doctor degree from Emory University School of Law.
Judge Hatchett started her career at the Northern District of Georgia’s United States District Court with a coveted federal clerkship. She joined Delta Air Lines. She became the Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County, Georgia Juvenile Court in 1990, and she is the first African-American Chief Presiding Judge in the state of Georgia. She is also Court Appointed Special Advocates’ national spokesperson.