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TV Judge Hatchett to address Loyola College of Law graduates, honorary degree recipients named

Loyola press release - March 22, 2010

Judge Glenda Hatchett, champion of youth mentoring and star of the nationally-syndicated daytime television program, “Judge Hatchett,” will be the commencement speaker for the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law on Wednesday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at the Morial Convention Center auditorium.

Hatchett was Georgia’s first African-American chief presiding judge of a state court and the department head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country. Her television program, known for its unique and unpredictable intervention segments, offers a diverse mix of family and juvenile court and unusual small claims cases. She is the national spokesperson for Court Appointed Special Advocates, a nonprofit volunteer organization that trains volunteers to help navigate abused and neglected children through the court system.

Hatchett serves on the board of advisers for PlayPumps International, an organization dedicated to bringing clean water to needy communities in Africa. In 1990, she helped found the Truancy Intervention Project, which enlists the help of legal volunteers to provide early, positive intervention with children reported as truants. She wrote the national bestseller, “Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say,” based on her extensive professional experiences as a jurist and her own personal experience as a mother of two boys. She received NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Award, was named one of the 100 Best & Brightest Women in Corporate America by Ebony Magazine and received the Prism Award in 2003 for Best Unscripted Non-Fiction Series or Special for Television for an episode on her program that explored addiction and recovery.

Loyola names honorary degree recipients

Honorary degree recipients from Loyola University New Orleans were also announced recently. Recipients include Drew Brees, Super Bowl XLIV MVP; R. King Milling, longtime New Orleans environmental and civic leader; and Clyde Kerr Jr., trumpeter and music mentor to countless young New Orleans musicians. They will receive honorary doctorate degrees during Loyola’s unified commencement ceremony in the Louisiana Superdome on Saturday, May 8.

Brees, who will also deliver the unified commencement address, led a dominating performance against the Indianapolis Colts on Feb. 7, resulting in the New Orleans Saints’ first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. The quarterback dedicated the win to the city of New Orleans, his adopted home since 2006, coincidentally, the same year Loyola’s graduating class enrolled in the university.

Since his arrival to New Orleans, Brees has played a fundamental role in efforts to rebuild the city, dedicating his time to fundraising as well as hands-on work. He and his wife Brittany are extremely active philanthropists, having established the Brees Dream Foundation whose mission is to provide care, education and opportunities for children facing adversity. Additionally, some of his ongoing efforts include rebuilding homes with Habitat for Humanity, support of Children's Hospital, fund raising for Operation Kids, holding The Drew Brees Gridiron Classic for youth football teams, and an annual golf tournament that that distributes money to children's causes in New Orleans and San Diego.

R. King Milling is the former president of Whitney National Bank and Whitney Holding Corporation in New Orleans, where he served for almost 25 years. He retired in 2008, but still serves on the board of directors for both organizations as he has done since 1977. Milling is being honored because of his tireless efforts to save Louisiana's wetlands and restore the coastline, as well as his decades of work with many other causes.

Milling serves as chair of the Louisiana Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation, as president of the America’s WETLAND Foundation, and as a board member of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation which works directly with people affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and most recently, the earthquake victims in Haiti.

Clyde Kerr Jr., as one of New Orleans’ highest caliber musicians, has played with some of the world’s most notable artists, ranging from the Jackson 5 and Aretha Franklin to Tony Bennett and the Neville Brothers.

Kerr is being honored for his profound impact on New Orleans and its young people. He has been a longtime fixture in the city as a teacher, and has dedicated himself to passing along his skills to countless young musicians, most of whom are underserved. Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and Irvin Mayfield are some of his most well-known pupils.

For more information, contact Meredith Hartley, director of Loyola's Office of Public Affairs and External Relations at 504-722-6078 or mhartley@loyno.edu.

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