The star of the two-time Emmy nominated nationally syndicated show, Judge Hatchett, will deliver the keynote address at Kentucky State University’s Heritage Assembly Thursday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. in the Carl H. Smith Auditorium of David H. Bradford Hall.

The 2019 Heritage Awards will be presented in academics, access, agriculture, and athletics, respectively to Dr. Betty Sue Griffin, BLINKS Transfer Enterprise, Dr. Herman Walston and Mr. Elmore Smith for their dedication and commitment to excellence, leadership and service.

The keynote speaker is widely known for her show, Judge Hatchett, now in its 18th season. Judge Hatchett won a Prism Award for Best Unscripted Non-Fiction Series. Hatchett is also the author of the national bestsellers Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say and Dare to Take Charge.

Hatchett’s prestigious career includes a federal clerkship in the United States District Court Northern District of Georgia; nearly 10 years at Delta Air Lines as the airline’s highest-ranking woman of color worldwide; service as a board member of three Fortune 500 companies (HCA, The Gap Inc. and ServiceMaster Company); an appointment as the chief presiding judge of the Fulton County (Atlanta, Georgia) Juvenile Court (the first African-American chief presiding judge of a state court in Georgia); a member of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons’ Board of Advisors and as a consultant to the National Basketball Association’s pressing legal and social issues.

Currently, Hatchett is the founder of The Hatchett Firm, P.C., located in Atlanta. The firm specializes in risk and crisis management and catastrophic police misconduct cases.

Most recently, Hatchett has returned to TV in her new television court series, The Verdict.

Hatchett is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law.

The event is free and open to the public.