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Joseph Hatchett – a pioneer in Florida law


Joseph W. Hatchett is a pioneer in Florida law. Born in Clearwater, Florida, Hatchett returned to the Sunshine State after attending Howard University Law School. Over his career as a civil rights attorney, he had a direct role in ending segregation.

In 1975, Hatchett was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court and became our state’s first black Supreme Court Justice. Hatchett later became the first black justice admitted to a federal court of appeals in the south. He has been inducted into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame.

Hatchett continues to reside in Tallahassee and practices law with Akerman.

Jennifer Fennell, CoreMessage, Inc.

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