Joseph W. Hatchett

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Joseph Woodrow Hatchett
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Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
In office
September 20, 1996 – May 14, 1999
Preceded byGerald Bard Tjoflat
Succeeded byR. Lanier Anderson III
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
In office
October 1, 1981 – May 14, 1999
Appointed byoperation of law
Preceded bySeat established
Succeeded byCharles R. Wilson
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
In office
July 13, 1979 – October 1, 1981
Appointed byJimmy Carter
Preceded bySeat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born
Joseph Woodrow Hatchett

(1932-09-17) September 17, 1932 (age 86)
Clearwater, Florida
EducationFlorida A&M University (B.A.)
Howard University School of Law (J.D.)

Joseph Woodrow Hatchett (born September 17, 1932)[1] is an attorney in private practice and was formerly a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and later the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Clearwater, Florida, Hatchett graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1954. He served in the United States Army as a lieutenant from 1954 to 1956. He graduated from Howard University School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1959. He was in the private practice of law in Daytona Beach from 1959 to 1966. He was a cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund from 1960 to 1966.[2] He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a lieutenant colonel and judge advocate from 1977 to 1988. He was a consultant for the Daytona Beach Urban Renewal Department from 1963 to 1966. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida from 1966 to 1971. He was First Assistant United States Attorney from 1967 to 1971. He was a special hearing officer for conscientious objectors in the United States Department of Justice from 1967 to 1968. He was a Justice of the Florida Supreme Court from 1975 to 1979, initially appointed by Governor Reubin Askew and later retained in office in the 1976 general election.[2] He was the first black man to serve as a Florida Supreme Court Justice post reconstruction and the first black man successfully retained on the Florida Supreme Court in a statewide election.[3][4]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Hatchett served as a United States Magistrate of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida from 1971 to 1975.[4]

Hatchett was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on May 17, 1979, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, to a new seat authorized by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 12, 1979, and received his commission on July 13, 1979. His service terminated on October 1, 1981, due to reassignment to the Eleventh Circuit.[4]

Hatchett was reassigned by operation of law on October 1, 1981, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, to a new seat authorized by 94 Stat. 1994. He served as Chief Judge from 1996 to 1999. His service terminated on May 14, 1999, due to retirement. He was Member of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1997 to 1999.[4]

Post judicial service[edit]

Hatchett now works as an attorney with Akerman LLP (formerly Akerman Senterfitt) in Tallahassee, Florida. He remains in service with that law firm as of April 2018.[2]

Honors[edit]

Hatchett holds a honorary Doctor of Laws (Legum Doctor (LL.D.)) from four institutions, including Florida Memorial College (1978), Stetson Law School (1980), Florida A&M University (1996) and Howard University (1998).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joseph W. Hatchett 1932 - Google Search". www.google.com.
  2. ^ a b c d "Joseph W. Hatchett". Akerman Senterfitt. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Justice Joseph W. Hatchett". Florida Supreme Court. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d Joseph Woodrow Hatchett at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.

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Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
1979–1981
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Seat established
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
1981–1999
Succeeded by
Charles R. Wilson
Preceded by
Gerald Bard Tjoflat
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
1996–1999
Succeeded by
R. Lanier Anderson III