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Joseph Woodrow Hatchett

Joseph Woodrow Hatchett, American lawyer, former federal judge. Bar: Florida 1959, United States Court Appeals (5th and 11th circuits).


  • Hatchett, Joseph Woodrow was born on September 17, 1932 in Clearwater, Florida, United States. Son of John Arthur and Lula Gertrude (Thomas) Hatchett.

  • Education

    • AB, Florida A. and M. University, 1954. Juris Doctor, Howard University, 1959. Juris Doctor certificate military judge course, United States Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island, 1973.

      Doctor of Laws, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, 1996. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Howard University, 1998.


    • Private practice, Daytona Beach, 1959-1966. Assistant United States attorney (middle district) Florida United States Department Justice, Jacksonville, Florida, 1966-1970. Magistrate (middle district) Florida United States District Court, 1971-1975.

      Justice Florida Supreme Court, Tallahassee, 1975-1979. Judge United States Court Appeals (5th Circuit), 1979-1981, United States Court Appeals (11th Circuit), Tallahassee, 1981-1999, chief judge, 1996—1999. Shareholder Akerman Senterfitt, since 1999.

      Cooperating attorney N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund, 1960-1966. General counsel Masons of Florida, 1963-1966. Consultant, member staff department urban renewal, Daytona Beach, 1963-1966, special assistant to city attorney, 1964.

      Member committee selection for Jacksonville Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, 1971.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Florida 1959, United States Court Appeals (5th and 11th circuits).


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Churches should continually prioritize and monitor the progress in adequately representing the increasing racial and ethnic diversity of communities in local congregations and entities.

    Party affiliation: baptist (trustee). Club: Fla-Jax (Jacksonville) (Man of Year 1974).


    No one is less important than another, and no one can be thought of as unnecessary. Every single person is vital to God and to each of us.

    Denomination: Baptist


    All Christians should study Old and New Testament, which texts were written and gathered together over a long period of time. It is important to find out as much as we can about the original contexts in which texts were produced.


    Member John T. Stocking Memorial Trust, medical school scholarships, 1961-1966. Co-chairman United Negro College Fund of Volusia County, Florida, 1962. Board directors Jacksonville Opportunities Industrialization Center, 1972-1975.

    Served to 1st lieutenant Army of the United States, 1954-1956, Germany. Member American, National, Florida, Jacksonville, D. W. Perkins, Federal bar associations, American Judicature Society, National Council Federal Magistrates, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Omega Psi Phi. Club: Fla-Jax (Jacksonville) (Man of Year 1974).


    • Children: Cheryl Nadine, Brenda Audrey.
    • father: John Arthur Hatchett
    • mother: Lula Gertrude (Thomas) Hatchett
    • children: Cheryl Nadine Hatchett
    • Brenda Audrey Hatchett
    Joseph Woodrow Hatchett
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    Born September 17, 1932