Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-09-13



 Judge Glenda Hatchett of the syndicated television show, “Judge Hatchett,” will address students at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law Thursday, Sept. 15.

Hatchett will speak on the topic of her latest book, Dare to Take Charge: How to Live Your Life on Purpose, at 11 a.m. in the Carroll Moot Courtroom in Robinson law building. The public is invited free of charge.

The talk is presented as part of Cumberland’s Cordell Hull Speakers Forum series.

Hatchett was a senior attorney with Delta Air Lines before being appointed chief presiding of the Fulton County, Georgia, Juvenile Court. In that post, she was Georgia’s first African-American chief presiding judge of a state court and department head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country.  Her two-time Emmy nominated show, “Judge Hatchett,” (Sony Pictures Television) is in its 10th season.

Hatchett, also the author of Say What you Mean, Mean What You Say, is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law.  A board member of the Atlanta Falcons football organization and PlayPumps International clean water initiative, she also serves on the Boys and Girls Clubs of America national board of governors and is a national spokesperson for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program.

A book signing and reception will follow her talk.  Sims Rhyne, a third-year law student from Jacksonville, Fla., is chair of Cumberland’s 2011-12 Cordell Hull speakers series.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.