Former Judge to Speak at Annual Mentor Tech Banquet

Written by Erin Hawes

Glenda Hatchett, former juvenile court judge and expert on youth and social issues, is this year’s guest speaker at the eighth annual Texas Tech Mentor Tech banquet. The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. April 23 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall.

This event is open to the public.

Hatchett is renowned in the legal community for her innovative courtroom style. Best known for her revolutionary “interventions,” she is widely respected for her work with today’s youth, which establishes her as a leader in the justice system nationwide.

Hatchett is also the author of the national bestseller “Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say,” based on her professional experiences as a jurist and her own personal experience as a mother of two boys. She also serves as national spokesperson for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a non-profit volunteer organization that trains volunteers to represent abused and neglected children and help them navigate the court system.

After her first year on the bench, the local chapter of the National Bar Association recognized her for her leadership in revolutionizing the Fulton County Juvenile Court System, one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country, selecting her as Outstanding Jurist of the Year.

Mentor Tech enhances the educational experience of students from underrepresented populations by pairing each student with a faculty or staff mentor.

To qualify for the program, a student must be a freshman, first-year transfer or first-year graduate student at Texas Tech. The students must commit to the program for one year, but may continue beyond that point.

Mentor Tech’s formal name is the Lauro Cavazos and Ophelia Powell-Malone Mentoring Program. Cavazos was the first Texas Tech graduate to serve as the university’s president and Powell-Malone was the first African-American undergraduate to enroll at Texas Tech.

Mentor Tech is part of the Division of Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement. The program began in 2002 with 45 students and more than 100 mentors from the university faculty and staff. Mentor Tech has grown to more than 400 participants today.

Tickets are $45 each. Tables of eight can be purchased for $450. Tables of $650 include passes to a VIP reception with Hatchett. Proceeds benefit the Mentor Tech scholarship fund.

For more information about Hatchett, please visit her Web site at

CONTACT: Cory Powell, associate director of Mentor Tech, (806) 742-8692 or