Our President

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT


Marissa Hatchett serves as the 2021 President of the J.L. Turner Legal Association (JLTLA). She is a native of Houston, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston, and a J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Marissa has been with the Dallas District Attorney's Office since 2013. During her time at the DA's Office, Marissa was assigned to the Felony Violence Unit for four years where she prosecuted felonies ranging from Assaults with a Prior Family Violence Conviction, Aggravated Assaults with a Deadly Weapons or Causing Serious Bodily Injury and Capital Murders. Marissa was the first prosecutor to serve as lead attorney on a Capital Murder for Renumeration or "Murder for Hire" in Dallas County for the killing of a mother of three before her wedding https://www.dallasnews.com/news/courts/2019/02/26/gunman-hired-by-fiance-to-kill-rowlett-woman-is-sentenced-to-life-in-prison/. The case was also featured on the Oxygen channel "Wedding and a Murder" https://www.oxygen.com/a-wedding-and-a-murder/crime-news/laura-grillo-murder-fiance-john-makris-wedding. She briefly practiced family law at KoonsFuller before returning to the Dallas DA's Office. Marissa currently assigned to the Sexual Assault Division.

Marissa has been an active member of JL Turner since 2015. For two years she served as the Co-Chair for the Street Law committee and then as the Treasurer for JLTLA from 2017 - 2019. She is also a member of the Dallas Young Lawyers Association, an Associate of the Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court in 2018, and a Dallas Bar Fellow since 2019. Marissa was also selected out of only 20 attorneys in Texas to serve on the 2020-2021 Leadership State Bar of Texas class.