Terry J. Hatter, Jr.
United States District Judge
Central District of California
Los Angeles, California
Born: Chicago, Illinois-March 11, 1933.
Education: Wesleyan University (B.A. 1954); University of Chicago (J.D. 1960).
Hatter was appointed to the United States District Court for the
Central District of California on December 20, 1979, by President
Carter, and became chief judge of that court in 1998. He assumed
senior status in 2005.
Hatter, a third generation lawyer, is a graduate of the University of
Chicago Law School; his undergraduate degree is from Wesleyan
University in Middletown, Connecticut. He has served as a United States
District Judge for the Central District of California since his
appointment in December, 1979. On March l, 1998, he became the Chief
Judge of the Central District, which is the largest federal district in
the nation, serving some 18 million people. Prior to his appointment to
the federal bench, Judge Hatter sat on the California Superior Court
for Los Angeles County. He served as a Special Assistant and Executive
Assistant to Mayor Tom Bradley, directing Urban Development and
Criminal Justice Planning for the City of Los Angeles. He has been a
professor of law at Loyola Law School and at the University of Southern
California Law School; has served as the Executive Director of the
Western Center on Law and Poverty, and Regional Director of the Legal
Services Corporation, also served as Assistant United States Attorney
for the Northern District of California, and Special Assistant United
States Attorney for the Eastern District of California. Earlier he was
in private practice in Chicago and was also an Assistant Public
Defender for Cook County, Illinois. During the Korean conflict, Judge
Hatter served in the Special Category of the Army with the Air Force
Hatter serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles
Civic Center Public Partnership, on the Board of Councilors of the
University of Southern California Law School, the Board of Overseers of
the Rand Institute for Civil Justice, the Board of the National
Association for Public Interest Law in Washington, D.C. (now known as
Equal Justice Works), Vice-Chair of the Western Justice Center
Foundation in Pasadena, California.
appointed by the Chief Justice, Judge Hatter is in his second term as a
member of the United States Judicial Conference Committee on Court
Administration and Case Management. He is president of the District
Judges Association of the Ninth Circuit and sits on the Judicial
Council of the Ninth Circuit. He also has served on the Board of
Trustees of Wesleyan University, Mount St. Mary's College, and the
Richmond, California (now West Contra Costa) Unified School District.
He chaired the California Commission On Access to Justice, as well as
the USC Law School Board of Councilors for two terms.
He is married to Trudy Martin Hatter, and they have two daughters and two sons, as well as four grandchildren.
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