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Terry J. Hatter, Jr.

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).
Judge 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. Judge 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 (SCARWAF).

Presently, Judge 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.

Having been 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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