Hatchett was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court by governor Reubin Askew and sworn in, making him the 1st black man in Florida to achieve this.
In a significant step in ending racial separation was Hatchett’s reelection in 1976. He became the 1st black justice to be reelected to the Florida Supreme Court.
Joseph Woodrow Hatchett is a former American jurist.
In 1979, Hatchett resigned his position as Florida Supreme Court Justice in order to step into another 1st. In that year Hatchett became the 1st black justice admitted to a federal court of appeals in the south when he was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.