Terry J. Hatter Jr.


Chicago, IL
Race or Ethnicity: 
African American
Prior Employment: 

U.S. Air Force NCO-in-charge, 1955-1956
Adjudicator, U.S. Veterans Administration, Chicago, Illinois, 1960-1961
Private practice, Chicago, Illinois, 1961-1962
Assistant public defender, Cook County, Illinois, 1961-1962
Assistant U.S. attorney, Northern District of California, 1962-1966
Special assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of California, 1965-1966
Chief counsel, San Francisco [California] Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation, 1966-1967
Regional legal services director, Office of Economic Opportunity, San Francisco, California, 1967-1970
Executive director, Western Center on Law and Poverty, Los Angeles, California, 1970-1973
Associate clinical professor of law, University of Southern California Law Center, 1970-1974
Professor of law, Loyola University, Los Angeles, California, 1973-1975
Special assistant to the mayor, Los Angeles, California, 1974-1977; director of criminal justice planning, 1974-1975; director of urban development, 1975-1977
Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, 1977-1980


Name of School: 
Wesleyan University
Degree Year: 
Name of School - Second: 

University of Chicago Law School

The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America 's great cities, Chicago offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to the life of the mind. Learning is participatory. Chicago does not seek to impose a single viewpoint or style of thought on its students. Instead, our faculty exposes students to contrasting views, confident in students' abilities to choose their own paths.

Degree - Second: 
Degree Year - Second: 

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. District Court, Central District of California
Court Name: 

California Central District Court

President Nominating: 
Jimmy Carter
Party Affiliation of President: 
Commission Date: 
Retirement from Active Service: