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Joseph Hatchett Inducted to Tallahassee Barristers Association Hall of Fame
June 2, 2017
Joseph W. Hatchett, co-chair of Akerman's Appellate Practice, was among a select group of distinguished leaders in the legal profession nominated to the hall of fame of the Tallahassee Barristers Association. The distinct honor recognizes exceptional individuals for their extensive contributions toward the betterment of a diverse legal community at the local and national level. The association celebrated Hatchett as part of this year's hall of fame honorees during its second annual President's Ball on June 2 in Tallahassee, Fla.

Prior to Akerman, Hatchett served as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (Florida, Georgia and Alabama). Prior to congressional creation of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, former President Jimmy Carter appointed Hatchett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Georgia and Alabama). Hatchett became the first African-American elected to the highest state court since Reconstruction, when Florida Governor Reuben Askew appointed him to the state Supreme Court in 1975. With a career as a civil rights lawyer in Florida, the National Bar Association also inducted Hatchett into its hall of fame in recognition of more than 40 years of dedication to the cause of justice and equality before U.S. courts, and on behalf of the African-American community. Further, the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession awarded him the Spirit of Excellence Award, which is presented annually to exceptional lawyers who have made significant contributions to the promotion of racial and ethnic diversity within the legal profession.

As co-chair of Akerman's Appellate Practice, Hatchett also is a member of Akerman Bench, which consists of former appellate and trial judges who assist clients and outside counsel in preparing for oral arguments throughout the United States.

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